The talks between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers to get a deal done for Andrew Bynum are gaining steam, but it appears that both parties have hit a stumbling rock to get the trade done.
Both parties have already agreed that Bynum would join the Lakers and Pau Gasol would go to the Cavs but aside from that, nothing is really clear. Per reports, the Lakers are looking for either a first-round pick or shooting guard Dion Waiters to be added in any kind of deal, something the Cavaliers are unwilling to accept.
Frankly, It’s difficult to not agree with Cleveland’s position. While it’s no secret that Waiters appears to have severe chemistry issues with his teammates, his play has been improving as of late and he seems to be a solid player every time he comes off the bench.
They understand that acquiring Gasol would essentially be a half-season rental and they don’t want to part ways with one of their young players, much less one of their picks that could potentially land them another top talent in next year’s draft.
The Cavaliers’ front office is making the right call in protecting their young assets. Gasol’s arrival could put them back in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but they can’t compromise the franchise’s long-term outlook for a player that would be with the team for less than a whole season.