The Los Angeles Lakers have been engaged in trade discussions nearly all season long, but the latest proposal wouldn’t be a good fit for the future of the franchise.
The Lakers have been looking for a big man to replace Pau Gasol since the Spaniard has been widely criticized by head coach Mike D’Antoni based on the fact he’s not a good fit for his system. Players like Tyson Chandler and Omer Asik have been mentioned in previous discussions, but the last one is a former Laker.
Per reports, the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly discussing a move to land Andrew Bynum that would send Bynum back to the Staples Center and Gasol would join the Cavs, who need a scoring threat in the post to pair up with Kyrie Irving. While this move would make a lot of sense for Cleveland – Gasol might be the post player they need to put them in contention for a playoff spot – the Lakers shouldn’t make this move by any means.
Andrew Bynum is a former shell of the player he once was with the purple and gold. He was always the complementary piece of a team that had another star – Gasol in his prime and Kobe Bryant are two good examples – but now he is nowhere near that level. Bynum already sat out last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and he hasn’t been the game-changer the Cavs expected.
The reports that indicated that Bynum lost his passion for the game certainly aren’t encouraging either. The truth is he is not the solution for any team looking for an established post player and he is certainly not what the Lakers need right now.