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NBA Trade Rumors: Cavaliers Mull Bynum-For-Jefferson Deal

The latest NBA trade rumors about Andrew Bynum as the Cleveland Cavaliers weigh their options.

Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson

Sacramento, CA, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Richard Jefferson (24) points to his teammates during the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The Utah Jazz defeated the Sacramento Kings 122-101. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum is a hot commodity on the NBA market these days, and as of today, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the driver’s seat mulling a pair of potential deals.

According to reports, the newest target of Cleveland is Utah Jazz swingman Richard Jefferson. Talks between the two teams are ongoing, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported no deal is pending, especially one that includes Jefferson.

Bynum has been at the center of NBA trade rumors for weeks. Previously, the Cavs held discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers around a deal for forward Pau Gasol. According to ESPN, however, those talks stalled because the Lakers would like an additional “quality asset” in addition to Bynum and/or a young prospect or future first-round draft pick.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 7, any team with Bynum on their roster will owe the center $6 million, which is why Cleveland is trying to move him sooner rather than later. Some reports indicate the Cavs are still weighing the notion of keeping Bynum, making him an even more attractive trading piece come the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 20.

On the season, Bynum is averaging just 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting a paltry 42 percent. Jefferson, 33, is averaging 10 points, three rebounds, and shooting 42 percent from three-point range.

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