NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Want Assurance from Bynum Prior to Deal

Prior to agreeing to a deal that would ultimately send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles to join Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers demand assurance from Andrew Bynum stating that the 24-year-old center will sign a long-term extension.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski corroborates an earlier report from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal which stated that the two parties, despite days of rumors, have yet to speak. The only part missing, according to Wojnarowski, is the Lakers’ willingness to let Chris Grant and the Cavaliers speak with Bynum’s agent, David Lee. Wojnarowski adds that the hold-up appears to be with regard to the Orlando Magic, a team continuing to show extreme indecisiveness with regard to trading their franchise player.

“Los Angeles wants the structure of a three-team deal agreed in principle before letting Cleveland take that next step to communicate with Bynum and his representatives,” writes Wojnarowski, “and that won’t happen until Orlando makes a decision that it wants to also lock-in the framework of a trade, sources told Y! So far, Orlando has shown a level of indecisiveness in the talks, sources involved in the negotiations said.”

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks reportedly remain as intriguing options to the Lakers center, who is set to hit free agency in 2013. It is believed that the Cavaliers are using both Kyrie Irving and team majority owner Dan Gilbert as sales tactics to entice one of the league’s best centers into calling Cleveland home for at least the next five seasons.

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  • architrance

    I certainly hope this “agreement” is more binding than a Carlos Boozer Handshake.

  • Dee P

    Awesome that Gilbert is in on the sales pitch. Proves that the reports from talking heads that Gilbert is despised by all players in the Association are completely ridiculous….as most of us already knew.

  • Deesh

    Didn’t we go through this last weekend? And didn’t the Akron Beacon report that the Cavs haven’t actually discussed any sort of trade?

  • Typo

    One thing I don’t understand is, if you were Orlando, Why the hell would you trade Dwight Howard for Varejao and picks. That makes zero sense. They gotta be able to get more somehow.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If they can’t get the perfect player then they might as well rid themselves of as much salary while getting draft picks at the same time. I thought they’d want to trade away a Turkoglu as well but it doesn’t look like it. I wish they’d include Duhon I’d take him as the backup for Irving.

  • alex

    They can take varejao and flip him for more pick

  • Jack

    That’s not what this report says. It says they haven’t talked to Bynum’s agent. Seems pretty clear they have discussed the trade.

  • FearTheRoo

    We’ve already seen two of these “blockbuster” deals for Dwight fall apart, so I’m not getting my hopes up. Too many things can go wrong….

  • shawn c

    They need to get my guy from Lakers so we can have a good center in the paint he get better year by year hope we find a way to get him to come to Cleveland

  • architrance

    ^ Nice sentence.

  • BigSancho

    I really think Dwight will still be with Orl at the start of the season because they are not trying to trade Dwight as much as they are trying to completely rebuild in one single transaction. If something does go through, I don’t see more than 1 of D12’s teammates joining him elsewhere. Nobody wants to take Turk, and Richardson and Duhon just to get Dwight.

  • BigSancho

    It’s very hard to get equal value when you are trying to trade mega stars like Dwight. I mean who can u trade him for straight up? Most other mega-stars are not on the market. The options then are 1) trade him for a bunch of decent veteran players which could make you better (see Denver Melo trade) but probably not good enough to win a title anytime soon, or 2) trade for picks which always carries with it “unlimited” potential, especially when were talking about picks from Cleveland, which will be top 10 at least.

  • Grif_E

    Don’t confuse Dwight Howard’s value as a player with his current trade value. Considering his actions, the state of his contract, and the realities of the teams who would be interested in him he’s not all that valuable as a trade asset.

  • saggy

    duhon is TERRIBLE. they couldn’t get him out of NYC quick enough. He doesn’t belong in the NBA.

  • woofersus

    Gilbert may have a few enemies over the Lebron letter, but when it comes time to sign every player wants an owner who is committed to winning and will pay the money to make it happen.

  • dgriff13

    totally what I was thinkin’.

  • Jack

    I agree Shawn. And we need to find a way to get architrance OUT of Cleveland.

  • Tron

    If Dwight is still with ORL at the start of the season, their GM is going to get eaten alive when he walks at the end of the year and they get 0 compensation from him. Cry baby dwight has pretty much backed them into a corner where they have to take $.25 on the dollar or end up empty handed. I doubt anyone can put together a Dwight deal at the trade deadline so they need to get this done in the off season.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    They’ll trade him at the deadline if nothing else. It’s just that the price will drop steeply.
    At this point, I don’t think there is any way Howard makes it to free agency as a member of the Magic (as much as I’d love to see him flounder for a year in purgatory).

  • BisonDeleSightings

    Well, they could get Bynum for him. They just seem to prefer Varejao + picks + cap relief.

  • mgbode

    there may be a bank in every city, but there’s only a few cities with an open checkbook

  • mgbode

    I would take J.Richardson to get Dwight. Along with Glen Davis. I’ll take them to get Bynum too.

  • mgbode

    how are picks from Cleveland top10 if we have Irving + Bynum?

  • Jack

    and apparently 5-6 other guys…

  • Natedawg86

    or a LeQuit statement that there is a really good chance he will sign in CLE

  • architrance

    Relax Jax. It’s called a joke.

  • Jack

    Good one.

  • Wow

    Bwahaha, assurance he will sign? In this league? Come on now.

  • BigSancho

    Good point, but that just further proves my main point. Let’s cut LA out for a moment and say its between CLE and ORL – basically D12 for a bunch of picks and Varajao. Those future picks WILL fall in value. Save for the chance that Dwight wrenches his back and CLE remains in the Lottery, ORL will probably not be able to get equal value in that scenario. Of course there are “protected” picks but that is another discussion.

  • BigSancho

    LOL – Bison Dele! I like that handle bro

  • Jaker

    well said