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07:29 AM ET 01.01 | Quite a bit hangs in the balance of Kyrie Irving's forthcoming MRI exam. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers continued discussions Tuesday on a deal centered around former teammates Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, but sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the outcome of [Irving's MRI] is likely to have a big impact on how the talks proceed from here. ... If Irving is out for a substantial length of time, it's believed that the Cavaliers' appetite to take on additional salary in pursuit of a playoff push would inevitably be diminished. The Lakers, meanwhile, remained firm Tuesday in their insistence on acquiring additional assets from the Cavaliers in addition to Bynum's cap-friendly contract in exchange for the four-time All-Star from Spain.

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January 1, 2014  07:46 AM ET

The Cavs should trade for Nash...they need more Canadians on their team.

January 1, 2014  08:25 AM ET
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The Cavs should trade for Nash...they need more Canadians on their team.

Happy New Year, You crazy Canuck !!!

January 1, 2014  08:32 AM ET
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Happy New Year, You crazy Canuck !!!

Thanks and right back at you!

January 1, 2014  08:36 AM ET
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Happy New Year, You crazy Canuck !!!

Happy new Year Mick!

January 1, 2014  08:59 AM ET

I hope they get this deal done. A real win/win for both teams here, especially Cleveland. Afew days ago, the thought of gettin any value at all for Bynum looked like an impossibility.

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January 1, 2014  09:34 AM ET
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Happy New Year, Big Sir !

Now you are talking to regions of Northern California?

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January 1, 2014  09:49 AM ET
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The very fact that the Lakers are going after Bynum PROVES that Bynum's problems are at least half-way due to his attitude - as opposed to physical injury.The Lakers staff have probably had private conversations with Bynum and are convinced that he will play harder once he's back in LA - which means that he did not put forth full effort in Cleveland because he got bored of the venue.

You do know the only reason they want Bynum is so they can waive/cut him to save 20 Million on their cap dont you? Not bc they envision building around the Bum....

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January 1, 2014  10:17 AM ET
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Actually, to be honest, I do remember reading about this scheme in recent articles here on T&R.However, I didn't take it seriously - because it seemed too good to be true, so to speak.The idea that a team can trade for a player and immediately waive him seems like a way to buck the system. I thought that the league would have safeguards and rules against that.If the Cavs and Lakers can get away with it, good for them. They found a loophole in the system to exploit.

It's not a loop hole. It's the way that Bynum's contract is written. It's not fully guarunteed until he is on board after Jan 7. He can be waved before that point. It's an unusual contract written that way only because the Cavs were unsure if he could still play or not.

January 1, 2014  10:19 AM ET
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It's not a loop hole. It's the way that Bynum's contract is written. It's not fully guarunteed until he is on board after Jan 7. He can be waved before that point. It's an unusual contract written that way only because the Cavs were unsure if he could still play or not.

It's the same thing with other contracts that aren't "fully guaranteed". Hedo Turkoglu in Orlando has a contract like that also. If he is waved before Jan 7 then he doesn't have to be paid the other 6 million of his contract.

January 1, 2014  10:21 AM ET

"Lakers, Cavs trade talks continue"...

The way things are working out for both teams they can trade cities and it would not hurt or improve either franchise. SMH...

January 1, 2014  10:22 AM ET

It's Not Lovely In Lakerland, Bros.

January 1, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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"Lakers, Cavs trade talks continue"... The way things are working out for both teams they can trade cities and it would not hurt or improve either franchise. SMH...

So in that scenario would the Lakers get to take their championships with them? I mean LTCF says rings and championships are overrated and dont mean anything so you could probably keep them....

January 1, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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The Cavs should trade for Nash...they need more Canadians on their team.

LOL.

 
January 1, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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"Lakers, Cavs trade talks continue"... The way things are working out for both teams they can trade cities and it would not hurt or improve either franchise. SMH...

sorry man-
I saw you guys lost to the bucks.....
and the cavs couldn't get 80 pts
(and that KI will be having an mri)

bottom, meet rock

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