HoopsHype Andrew Bynum + Trade rumors

November 16, 2014 Updates

“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

January 15, 2014 Updates
January 8, 2014 Updates

Q: Chad, what should the Sixers realistically expect to get as a return in a trade for either Thaddeus Young or Evan Turner? Chad Ford: I think Young should be able to fetch them quite a bit. He's only 25 years old and I think he's finally coming into his own. I heard the Cavs flirted with trying to acquire him in the Bynum deal, but the Sixers wanted the Cavs first rounder this year to do it. The Cavs balked. ESPN.com

January 7, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng has been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, a league source told RealGM. Deng had been in constant trade speculation, and the Bulls were adamant they wouldn’t deal the two-time NBA All-Star in a salary dump. Nevertheless, the non-guaranteed portion of Bynum’s salary – saving the Bulls upwards of $15 million – had become appealing late in the Cavaliers’ quest to unload the championship center. The Cavaliers announced that they’ve sent the Bulls three future NBA draft choices and the right to the first round pick in 2015, top 14 protected. RealGM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired All-Star forward Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and the right to swap 2015 first round picks with the Cavs (1-14 protected), Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced tonight from Cleveland Clinic Courts. "We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization, " said Grant. "We have worked to acquire and maintain flexibility in order to capitalize on opportunities such as this. Luol reflects all that we are striving for in building our team. He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team first mentality and is a high character leader.” NBA.com

In a move that has the Cleveland Cavaliers thinking about the present and the Chicago Bulls thinking about the future, the two teams executed a major trade late Monday night. The Bulls are sending two-time All-Star Luol Deng to the Cavs for Andrew Bynum, three future draft picks and major salary savings. The Cavs, looking to end a three-year playoff drought, are attempting to make a run by acquiring Deng to shore up the small forward position. They parlayed Bynum's favorable contract into a piece to put next to young guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. ESPN.com

In addition to the savings, the Bulls got a future first-round draft pick owed to the Cavs by the Sacramento Kings from a 2011 trade for J.J. Hickson. The Bulls will get the Kings' pick if it falls outside the top 12 in 2014 or outside the top 10 picks in 2015, 2016 or 2017. The Bulls also got the 2015 and 2016 second-round picks the Portland Trail Blazers owed the Cavs. In a final piece, the Bulls will be able to swap draft positions with the Cavs in 2015 as long as the Cavs' draft pick is outside the top 14 picks. ESPN.com

The Bulls, who are facing a lost season after a bevy of injuries, including a season-ending knee injury to Derrick Rose, are focusing on the upcoming draft and next season. Chicago plan to waive Bynum by 5 p.m. Tuesday and clear his $12.3 million salary off their books. That will enable the Bulls to get below the luxury tax threshold, which, combined with the savings from not having to pay Deng the balance of his $14.3 million salary, will save the team in more than $20 million. ESPN.com

January 6, 2014 Updates

Andrew Bynum almost certainly is entering his final few hours with the Cavaliers, though whether he leaves by trade or waivers is still undetermined. The Cavs have until 5 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday to make a move to avoid paying the second half of his $12.25 million salary. Contracts are fully guaranteed on Friday, but players must be released by Tuesday in order to clear waivers. The Cavs could save $6 million by releasing him by the 5 p.m. deadline, as could any team that trades for him and then releases him by that deadline. It is still possible that if the Cavs do not find a deal to their liking they could pay the additional $6 million and continue to try to make a deal, but that seems unlikely. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bynum’s contract becomes guaranteed at midnight, which means that Cleveland will need to waive him in the coming hours to be free of the remaining $6 million-plus that the team owes him this season. The Cavaliers had reportedly set a midnight deadline for a trade, but are still working to complete something in the 11th hour. A source told Sporting News, though, that such a scenario is, “highly unlikely at this point.” Sporting News

After a week of talks, the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers could not find common ground on a trade involving Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum by Sunday night, sources told ESPN.com. While there was disappointment a resolution was not reached by Sunday night, there is an expectation that talks between the teams would continue into Monday, sources said. ESPN.com

Though the discussions have been varied and both sides considered numerous possibilities, the central issue never wavered, sources said. The Lakers wanted more than just salary savings that trading for Bynum and waiving him would bring, primarily a young player or valuable draft pick. Trading for and cutting Bynum had the potential to save the Lakers more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. The Cavs, who stood to add millions to their own payroll with the deal, have resisted meeting the price because Gasol will be a free agent at the end of the season. ESPN.com

As Pau Gasol walked into Staples Center on Sunday night, the thought crossed his mind that it might be the final time he does so as a Los Angeles Laker. "Yeah, it could’ve," Gasol admitted after the Lakers' 137-115 loss to the Denver Nuggets. "Any game could be your last game. It’s not something you think about very often. It could be due [to] an injury or a trade, anything like that, but I’m happy with the way that I’m playing. In the last few games I’m giving it everything I have, and that’s all I can do." ESPN.com

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