A report from this morning claimed that the Lakers, Magic and Cavaliers had re-started blockbuster trade negotiations involving Dwight Howard. In the proposed deal, the Cavaliers would acquire Andrew Bynum and a number of bad contracts in exchange for Anderson Varejao and draft picks. With Cavs general manager Chris Grant flying back to Cleveland from Summer League, rumor had it that a deal could potentially be close. If a trade is consummated, Andrew Bynum would have no issues signing a long-term contract extension to stay in Cleveland according to Fox Sports.
Via Sam Amico, Fox Sports
As for Bynum, word is he’s a fan of both Cavs coach Byron Scott, a guard with the Lakers during the Magic Johnson-led Showtime era, and Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, the NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year. So much, in fact, that Bynum would be willing to sign an extension if traded to the Cavs, said one source. Also, several sources indicated Bynum may be tired of playing the role of third wheel behind Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol with the Lakers – and perhaps may now even be the fourth option following the Lakers’ acquisition of Steve Nash (from the Suns).