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The Cavs are considering two other possible deals, sources said. One is to trade Bynum to the Utah Jazz for veteran forward Richard Jefferson. [...] If the Cavs don't find a deal they like, they could waive Bynum themselves by Tuesday and save $6 million off their payroll. They also could also keep Bynum, who was suspended for one game last week for conduct detrimental to the team and has been excused since, and attempt to trade him again before next month's trade deadline. ESPN.com

Cleveland has talked to the Utah Jazz on trading Bynum for forward Richard Jefferson, but has yet to re-engage on those talks over the weekend, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Cavaliers are willing to part with a second-round pick in a Bynum-for-Jefferson deal, which Cleveland officials believe is likely enough return to make the transaction worth the Jazz's trouble. Utah will lose Jefferson without compensation to free agency at season's end, and a pick gives them some value for a player they acquired in a Golden State Warriors salary dump last February. Yahoo! Sports

January 4, 2014 Updates

A deal with Utah that would send Jefferson to Cleveland and likewise allow the Jazz to acquire and waive Bynum before the other half of his $12.3 million salary this season becomes guaranteed is one of three primary options for the Cavaliers. The other two, sources said Friday, are continuing talks with the Lakers this weekend in hopes of hashing out trade terms both teams can stomach, or electing to keep Bynum beyond Tuesday's deadline and then reshopping him as a trade asset before the Feb. 20 trade deadline, or, if necessary, again in late June and early July. ESPN.com

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Utah Jazz forward Richard Jefferson will be a free agent next summer for the first time in his 13-season NBA career. His Arizona Wildcats came up short in the national championship game during his college career. He fell short twice in the NBA Finals as a pro and had to settle for a bronze medal at the Olympics. So a day after he told SiriusXM’s "Off the Dribble" that he planned to go "championship hunting," Jefferson stood by his comments. "I wouldn’t say I’m unapologetic, but who doesn’t want to win a championship?" Jefferson said when asked Friday about his comments to former NBA player and analyst Kenny Smith. Salt Lake Tribune

"If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I’m going to go hunting for that," Jefferson, who believes he has two or three years left as a player, told Smith. "I have no loyalty. I’m not one of those guys that played for the same team for 15 years like a Reggie Miller, who has to decide whether or not he’s going to do that. No. I’m a gun for hire." Salt Lake Tribune

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