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Report: Cavs considering Richard Jefferson for Andrew Bynum

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09:53 AM ET 01.04 | The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the weekend focused on three main exit strategies for Andrew Bynum as the Jan. 7 guarantee date on the remaining $6 million of the center's 2013-14 salary fast approaches Tuesday, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Sources said Utah Jazz veteran swingman Richard Jefferson has emerged as a new trade target for the Cavaliers after ongoing talks with the Los Angeles Lakers on a deal centered around the swap of former teammates Pau Gasol and Bynum remained at an impasse Friday.

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January 4, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Garbage For Garbage, Bros?

January 4, 2014  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Garbage For Garbage, Bros?

Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet...

January 4, 2014  10:03 AM ET

The heading should be Cavs considering anything for Bynum.

January 4, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The heading should be Cavs considering anything for Bynum.

Does 'anything' have to be a living person? I wonder if they would accept a load of unwashed jock straps in trade for AB?

January 4, 2014  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet...

he is a laker fan after all.............

January 4, 2014  10:34 AM ET

this is beyond bynum

its at what point are the cavs going to stop looking to the future and start worrying about the present.
they have had a gazillion picks already,
they have a gazillion more.
but that doesn't translate to GOOD picks
and it doesn't translate to making them competitive.

it is 4 years post lbj, and if they wait for more picks to develop
it will be 7 years post lbj-
but then the cycle of guys wanting to get paid begins and they have to break it all down again

it doens't have to be pau- (and CERTAINLY NOT RJ)
but get a veteran or 2- TRY and be competitive... make a playoff appearance-get experience
keep building. add more pieces- slowly, but surely.

the light ain't flicking on for 12 kids just like that.

January 4, 2014  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

...it doens't have to be pau- (and CERTAINLY NOT RJ)
but get a veteran or 2- TRY and be competitive... make a playoff appearance-get experience
keep building. add more pieces- slowly, but surely.

Not picking on the Cavs (because WAMU's not here) but you (at least I believe it's you) that says no one top players want to go to Cleveland. So, how do they make this work?

January 4, 2014  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

this is beyond bynumits at what point are the cavs going to stop looking to the future and start worrying about the present.they have had a gazillion picks already, they have a gazillion more.but that doesn't translate to GOOD picks and it doesn't translate to making them competitive.it is 4 years post lbj, and if they wait for more picks to developit will be 7 years post lbj- but then the cycle of guys wanting to get paid begins and they have to break it all down againit doens't have to be pau- (and CERTAINLY NOT RJ)but get a veteran or 2- TRY and be competitive... make a playoff appearance-get experiencekeep building. add more pieces- slowly, but surely.the light ain't flicking on for 12 kids just like that.

I agree with everything stated by jgb, with exception to the 2014 draft. My sentiment is to tank this season and finally get a surefire starter with upside. The past two drafts, have consisted of gambles/reaches (see Dion Waiters and Bennett), which have not panned out other than Tristan. So why not dip into this highly touted draft get the right guy to complement kyrie- then focus on the playoffs. In the meantime consider trading Dion for a veteran.

January 4, 2014  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Not picking on the Cavs (because WAMU's not here) but you (at least I believe it's you) that says no one top players want to go to Cleveland. So, how do they make this work?

at this stage- with tons of kids- no elite, big time FA wants to go there

but they already have a #1 caliber guy- they have kyrie
what they need are complimentary pieces-
jack is a quality, complimentary guy- no star- but a good player
they need to add a big that can score- say a pau caliber-
who isn't in his prime anymore, but can still be productive....

they can trade for guys-
they need to start giving up a few long term projects/assets
for some players who can really contribute now.

they don't have to sign pau for 5 years after-
maybe he chooses to stay? maybe not-
regardless- they need to start adding pieces,
then subtract/add/subtract/add - piece by piece-
what they are doing now is simply - WAITING-
and the longer they wait- the more kids pick up bad habits and the more tehy are in a losing culture....and in the end- losing leads to more losing

January 4, 2014  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree with everything stated by jgb, with exception to the 2014 draft. My sentiment is to tank this season and finally get a surefire starter with upside. The past two drafts, have consisted of gambles/reaches (see Dion Waiters and Bennett), which have not panned out other than Tristan. So why not dip into this highly touted draft get the right guy to complement kyrie- then focus on the playoffs. In the meantime consider trading Dion for a veteran.

they have 3 picks-
they can keep one and use the other 2
or keep 2 and use the other 1

I just don't see how they can add another 3 kids into the mix
when they have literally 6-7 kids now they are trying to develop
it makes no sense in the short or long run.

its time to use some of their assets to upgrade

January 4, 2014  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I agree with everything stated by jgb, with exception to the 2014 draft. My sentiment is to tank this season and finally get a surefire starter with upside. The past two drafts, have consisted of gambles/reaches (see Dion Waiters and Bennett), which have not panned out other than Tristan. So why not dip into this highly touted draft get the right guy to complement kyrie- then focus on the playoffs. In the meantime consider trading Dion for a veteran.

The Cavs don't know how to draft. As much as Russ touts them following the 'OKC model' the truth is they make the wrong choices on a consistent basis. Picking Bennett @ #1 is the 'nail in the coffin'......

January 4, 2014  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

this is beyond Bynum

its at what point are the cavs going to stop looking to the future and start worrying about the present.......

This is about clearing over $30 million of salary for free agents next summer while still picking up a player who will contribute for the rest of the season.

Jefferson = FA with $11 million salary
Varejao = Team option at $9 million salary.


That's $20 million plus, coming off the books after the season

January 4, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

This is about clearing over $30 million of salary for free agents next summer while still picking up a player who will contribute for the rest of the season.Jefferson = FA with $11 million salaryVarejao = Team option at $9 million salary.That's $20 million plus, coming off the books after the season

clearing salary for the cavs?
if they hold bynum- he comes off the books anyway as it is a team option this summer - so whether they trade him now or cut him now or cut him in the summer-
it doesn't really make a difference for next year

the team they move him to will save $
cause they are moving a guaranteed contract for a non-guaranteed one

January 4, 2014  01:25 PM ET

lol! It seems like every trade/negotiation involving RJ since he was with the Bucks has been a "cost-cutting" move. Jazz don't need Bynum and RJ is no help for the Cavs.

January 4, 2014  02:51 PM ET

RJ is still in the league??

January 4, 2014  03:11 PM ET

Trade Bynum to the Halifax Rainmen where he will get iced knees everyday. The man is a waste...

January 4, 2014  05:38 PM ET

why would any team want Bynum? This guy just doesn't want to play, it's been his history and dna. I can't wait to see him when he's 40 years old, down and out and homeless living under a freeway.

 
January 7, 2014  01:03 AM ET

who's Richard Jefferson?

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