The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers had trade discussion surrounding a swap of Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum. The catch here was that the Lakers never had any intent on actually playing Bynum. Instead, they were going to waive him and in return would save themselves right around $20 million. That would have been a brilliant move by Mitch Kupchak and the entire Lakers’ front office. Instead, Los Angeles got greedy, and because of that the trade discussion between the Lakers and Cavaliers has stalled and may have officially came to an end.
It’s not a secret that head coach Mike D’Antoni and Gasol just can’t get along. This situation has led to D’Antoni calling Pau out publicly because of his play and complaining. The trade of Gasol for Bynum would have put an end to the rivalry between player and coach. However, that wouldn’t have been the only plus that would have came out of this trade.
Los Angeles has been criticized because of the extension they gave to Kobe Bryant. The Black Mamba stated on Twitter following his extension that the Lakers are still financially flexible even though he signed a new contract, but that hasn’t stopped the media from tearing the Lakers’ decision apart. Trading Gasol for Bynum and then waiving Bynum would have freed up close to $20 million. That would have helped immensely in the attempt of bringing a championship back to L.A.
Unfortunately, the Lakers got greedy. L.A. was not only asking for Bynum, but they wanted a draft pick or a prospect from the Cavaliers. In this situation, Los Angeles should have stopped while they were ahead. Now, the trade is just about officially dead, and the Lakers have no one to blame but themselves for sabotaging what could have been a great transaction.
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