According to a late-night tweet Saturday from
"BREAKING NEWS — League sources say Pau/Bynum deal is done and happening Sunday," read a tweet from the @ESPNLA710 feed.
Soon after, ESPN-LA reporter Ramona Shelburne gave a different take.
It wasn't long before the @ESPNLA710 account pulled its original tweet, followed by an apology.
Bynum, originally drafted by the Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005
If the Lakers were to trade Gasol and his $19.3-million contract, subsequently waiving Bynum before Jan. 8, the team would successfully trim about $13.3 million off its salary cap, dropping the Lakers under the league's $71.7-million tax threshold.
The Lakers are currently on track to pay $12 million in luxury-tax penalties, putting the combined savings in the $25.3-million range.
Complicating matters, the Cavaliers need to send out at least $14.3 million in salary to legally absorb Gasol's contract. Cleveland would need to send out at least another $2 million in player contracts, such as
Another obstacle for the Lakers is that they have a full roster of 15 players. If the Cavaliers are sending out more than one player to match salaries, the Lakers would have to cut or trade players currently on the roster to make room.
A three-team deal might make more sense for the Lakers, but that too is difficult to achieve.
The Lakers want talent back for Gasol but the temptation to save significant money has to be strong.