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NBA trade rumors 2014: LA Lakers, Utah Jazz compete for Andrew Bynum trade

Is an Andrew Bynum trade coming soon for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
Is an Andrew Bynum trade coming soon for the Cleveland Cavaliers?
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NBA trade rumors 2014 news seems to center on Andrew Bynum so far. In these 2014 NBA trade rumors, the LA Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have taken center stage, but it appears a new team has entered the discussions. According to a report from ESPN on Friday (Jan. 3), the Utah Jazz extended a serious offer to acquire the former All-Star center from the Cavs.

Andrew Bynum To Chicago Bulls?

The deal between the Lakers and Cavaliers stalled when Los Angeles asked too much in the deal. The core components are Pau Gasol for Bynum, but the Lakers apparently also wants a young and talented player in return as well. This seems to have held up the deal almost entirely, likely because the Cavs don't want to give up anything substantial in a trade that involves Bynum.

Enter the Jazz and an offer of Rashard Jefferson for just Bynum. The Jazz want Bynum for the same reason as the Lakers, because he can be waived and the team would not have to pay his contract. It's not a guaranteed deal that he signed with the Cavaliers, letting any team get out of it before Jan. 7. This presents a countdown to when something has to get done, so there is definitely a clock on this situation.

What the Cavs have to do here is figure out which deal works best for the team going forward and whether it can help them compete this season.

Fans should expect more 2014 NBA trade rumors involving the Cleveland Cavaliers to circle the league through the weekend and for a deal of some sort to be done by Monday (Jan. 6).

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