UPDATE: Jan. 3 at 11:05 pm EST by Adam Fromal
According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer, there's no pending deal between the Cavs and Jazz. One of her sources says, "Nothing is happening, especially RJ."
It looks as though we'll still have to wait a while longer to see where Bynum ends up next. And it could still be on the court at Quicken Loans Arena.
--End of update--
From Pau Gasol to Richard Jefferson.
The Cleveland Cavaliers must be seriously desperate to move Andrew Bynum, as the latest report, per ESPN's Marc Stein, has the team offering the disgruntled and injured/ineffective center for a player who's typically the butt of basketball-related jokes.
Andrew Bynum latest co-reporting w/@WindhorstESPN: ESPN sources say among options Cavs now weighing is trade for Utah's Richard Jefferson— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 4, 2014
Sources tell ESPN that Cavs remain in Bynum-for-Pau talks with Lakers but also now engaged with Jazz on potential deal for R. Jefferson— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 4, 2014
Jefferson has actually been having a decent season during his first year calling Salt Lake City home.
Averaging 9.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, the veteran small forward is shooting 43.3 percent from the field. More importantly, he's knocked down 41.7 percent of his triples, and he's taking 3.3 per game.
He'd be a solid asset for a Cleveland team that is fighting to rise back up into the playoff picture, and acquiring him wouldn't force the Cavs to part ways with any other crucial pieces, which has been one of the hang-ups in the talks with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Pau Gasol is not player he once was, but trading him just for Andrew Bynum’s deal is asinine. Need more to make deal worth making. #Lakers— Ethan Norof (@Mr_Norof) January 4, 2014
The Cavaliers are still struggling to figure out what to do at small forward, and this is a team that hasn't been able to knock down many three-pointers during the 2013-14 campaign. As shown by Basketball-Reference.com, Cleveland checks in at No. 21 in triples made, something Jefferson's shooting ability would surely help with.
Utah, unless landing another asset from Cleveland, would presumably just be trying to save money:
So if the Jazz land Andrew Bynum and buy him out, does that save them money?— Andrew Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) January 4, 2014
The Jazz could waive Bynum immediately and free themselves of his non-guaranteed contract. It wouldn't make a long-term impact, as Jefferson's contract expires at the end of the year, but it would save money in the interim and make the team even worse as it chases the top pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
More importantly to the pro-tank crowd, trading RJ also signals Jazz are serious about deadline dump deals. Absltly a step towards Jabari.— dan clayton (@Jazz1600AM) January 4, 2014
Trading Bynum for Jefferson would've been hilarious two years ago. It would've been grounds for immediate termination for whatever general manager was parting ways with the big man. Even though he was experiencing knee problems, the 7-footer was an up-and-coming All-Star who might eventually challenge Dwight Howard for the top-center-in-the-league crown.
Now it actually makes a bit of sense.