Posted January 03, 2014

Report: Cavs looking to trade Andrew Bynum to Utah for Richard Jefferson

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Andrew Bynum is due $6 million on Jan. 7. (David Liam Kyle/National Basketball)

Andrew Bynum is due $6 million on Jan. 7. (David Liam Kyle/National Basketball)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade center Andrew Bynum to the Utah Jazz in exchange for veteran forward Richard Jefferson, according to Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Cavs have been shopping Bynum since he was suspended indefinitely last week for conduct detrimental to the team. Bynum is due another $6 million if he is on a team’s roster on Jan. 7, but if he is waived before then his team will clear that amount off their caps.

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Cleveland had been in talks to trade Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol, but those talks have bogged down in recent days. The Lakers would save over $20 million in salary and luxury tax penalties by acquiring and then waiving Bynum in exchange for Gasol, but are said to want another young player or a draft pick from Cleveland as part of the deal.

It is believed that the Jazz are willing to make a straight trade of 33-year old Jefferson for the troubled Bynum.


23 comments
Ken Cunningham
Ken Cunningham

The Jazz would love this one. They could waive Bynam in an instant and save Jefferson's salary, and it's a win-win, as the Cavs would get a good locker room guy with playoff experience. The fact he's been playing like he's washed up is a concern though, as he hasn't played like an all-star since he stopped playing with Jason Kidd forever ago. Bynam isn't interested in basketball really, and it's a shame since he does have the talent and skill to be a top NBA center. If he had that desire, I'd take him over Howard  any day.

M20
M20

This makes waaaay more sense for the Jazz than the Cavs. The Jazz can just waive Bynum immediately and voila, Jefferson's absurd 8 figure salary is magically wiped off the books. Why on earth would the Cavs do this? Jefferson is AWFUL. Paying Jefferson to make your team worse is worse than just cutting Bynum. If accurate, this is mind boggling from Cleveland's point of view.

riley8
riley8

Who does the this maroon think he is? Derrick Coleman?

lionoah
lionoah

Dude has banked a TON of cash over the last three years and hasn't played worth a dang. Laughing all the way to the bank. Think he put it in a trust fund, or real estate or something like that?

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Hopefully whatever happens Bynum is done in the NBA. Fans are sick of their dollars (and yeah, it is OUR money, not owners) going to spoiled thugs.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

which is why the lakers were so dumb as they knew once they got bynum he would be cut, but they were pressing for a first round pick, uh in the nash deal didn't they get two first round picks i believe for 2012 and 2014, so you have two first round picks, you don't need a 3rd and again most of these top picks are hopes, you hope the guy is good, i mean look how the pistons could've had a decent player in carmelo, but instead went after the euro hype of darko milic who was a bust

rick.cale1
rick.cale1

Anything you can get for this bum is a win

CraigWachs
CraigWachs

jazz have young talent on inside , bynum would be cut to save money... he's a cancer in locker room.. i see him as free agent then signing with miami

DaSpiderMonkeys
DaSpiderMonkeys

Take him in Chicago...for ugh....let me...hold on a...hush.....yeah we'll give you erm.....CARLOS BOOZER! You'll, obviously, need to throw in a first round pick but that can happen.

marshmellow
marshmellow

Bynum is a punk! Trade him already….Cleveland can do better.


marcusb2323
marcusb2323

You can't coach Heart. Bynum doesn't love the game


jbk1234
jbk1234

@CobyPreimesberger I foresee the Laker's FO sitting by the phone at the trade  deadline wondering why no one is calling them and offering No. 1 picks and young talent for a half-season rental of a passed-his-sell-by-date Gasol.   

jbk1234
jbk1234

@DaSpiderMonkeys 


The Cavs could just cut Bynum and clear the salary (his contract isn't guaranteed).   Instead, you want us to give you a first round draft pick in order to take back a worse contract that is guaranteed for next season?   Why does this make sense for the Cavs?   Why isn't cutting Bynum the better option?

Marty2
Marty2

@KristianColasacco @GhettoSamurai You may be right; I don't claim to understand the financial implications.  But just on principle - I wouldn't want the name "Bynum" ever associated with my team after the money he has basically stolen from teams the last few years.