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The Pau Gasol-for-Andrew Bynum trade talks appear to be dormant but not dead.
The Lakers would like to get another worthy asset thrown into in the deal ... but so would the Cavs. And you know what? I have to side with the Cavs and general manager Chris Grant on this one.
By taking Gasol's $19.3 million salary off the Lakers' books, they will drop Los Angels below the luxury tax threshold, saving the Buss family in the area of $20 million. But that's only the start of it. The Lakers also will be under the tax next season, and that gets them out of danger of being subject to the dreaded repeater tax, which is levied against teams that exceed the tax threshold four times in five seasons.
So it's not just the current $20 million that the Cavs would be saving the Buss family, it is untold tens of millions more in two seasons when the Lakers figure to be a taxpaying team once again in the final season of Kobe Bryant's extension.
So multiply that $20 million by a factor of at least two -- probably more given the punitive nature of the repeater tax, and you get an idea of how valuable acquiring and waiving Bynum can be to the Buss family fortune.
Which is why if I am Chris Grant, I keep saying "no" to Los Angeles unless and until they throw Nick Young into the deal.
More on that trade, other trade chatter ... and a closer look at the struggling Memphis Grizzlies in this podcast with Three Shades of Blue radio on WHBQ radio in Memphis.
We’ve already told you that the Los Angeles Lakers have Ryan Anderson atop their wish list if they decide to trade Pau Gasol, who sat out last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets with what the Lakers called “knee tendinitis.”
Guess the “big boy pants” will have to wait for another night.
With each passing day, it appears the likelihood of the Lakers moving Gasol increases. We are now 10 days away from Dec. 15 — the date when players who signed as free agents over the summer (such as Anderson) become trade-eligible.
Join Rick and Curt for 30 minutes as they discuss the Chicago Bulls opening preseason game against John Wall and the Washington Wizards. It's the same intensity we're used to with new pieces. Rose, Noah and Gibson welcomes Pau Gasol, Nikola Miritoc and Doug McDermitt, along with Aaron Brooks! This should be a nice early payback opportunity for the Bulls after getting surprised by the Wizards in the 1st round of the eastern conference playoffs last year! Tune in and call 347-838-8449 on your ride home or check it out later. If you can't call you now chat live with us.
Breaking Down the Eastern Conference in the NBA for 2014 - 2015
Are the Cleveland Cavs the team to beat as LeBron James returns home?
Are the Miami Heat still a contender? Or are they now a bottom team in the East?
How close are the Chicago Bulls to returning to the NBA Title picture with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol?
Winners and Losers of the offseason.
Predictions for every Division, the Conference Title and the NBA Title.
Check out Rick and Curt this Saturday morning from 11am-12am while they discuss the Bears vs Slackers coming off the bye week. Hopefully they have that locker room together now and their heads in the right place! We will also have last weeks NFL players of the week! Big Ben sets ridiculous TD record!
Bulls are rolling along despite Rose and his injured Ankle with key games coming from Hinrich, Butler and Gasol. My question is whose team is it now? Plus more NBA action!
Nobody wants to believe this but next year might be a reality of the Cubs with the Joe Maddon signing!
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Marc Griffin, Phil Boileau, and Mota Elb discuss Derrick Rose and the reloaded Chicago Bulls.
Should Chicago be concerned D-Rose is playing aggressively for Team USA?
Does Pau Gasol fit with Joakim Noah?
Will Doug McDermott adapt well to NBA game?
How good was Nikola Mirotic in Europe?
Aaron Brooks a sneaky good pickup?
Are the Bulls a real contender?
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Host Danny Thompson is locked and loaded to have another fantastic NBA discussion as he welcomes Chicago Bullseye Podcast host Fred Pheiffer to talk Derrick Rose and the new look Chicago Bulls now featuring Pau Gasol. Do you think that this is a team that can seriously compete for a title now? Marcus Bass from LA Wave and Hoops Habit to talk about the Los Angeles Clippers. They finally have the talent and the coach but do they have what it takes to be the best in the West? Enjoy those discussions and more NBA talk on the latest episode of NBA Full Court Press!
The best record in the NBA is now shared by the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors, thanks to Stephen Curry finally sinking a game-winning 3-pointer for the 'Dubs to give them a victory over the Orlando Magic last night.
At 15-2, the teams sit atop the Western Conference. Both were highly regarded coming into this season, but neither was expected to get off to a start this good. We will get to judge them against each other in a little more than two weeks when they lay each other for the first time.
So until then, we debate.
The Warriors have a 10-game winning streak and lead the NBA in point differential at 10.0 per game; while the Grizzlies are third in point differential at 8.1 and take a five-game winning streak into tonight's game against the Houston Rockets.
Golden State's two losses came back-to-back against the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs back on Nov. 9 and Nov. 11. The Grizzlies two defeats came Nov. 8 at Milwaukee and Nov. 19 at Toronto.
The Grizzlies are 11-0 against the West, and I have Marc Gasol leading Stephen Curry in the latest edition of my weekly MVP rankings.
I talked about the Grizzlies, the Warriors, and the merits of Gasol vs. Curry in the MVP race in this interview with Gary Darby on "The Eric Hasseltine Show" on 92.9 ESPN Radio in Memphis. Enjoy.
Listen in to Curt and Rick as they recap last night NBA action and discuss the Bulls!
Bulls lost in double OT but what a game it was! There is no stopping the Tower Powers of Noah, Gasol, Miritoc, and Gibson!
Warriors are on a 10 game winning streak thanks to you know who!
NBA scores and more....Tune in from 5:30pm-6:00pm and call (347)838-8449!
The San Francisco Giants won their 3rd World Series title in 5 years with an epic Game 7 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Madison Bumgarner became myth, man and legend and the Giants have now cemented themselves as a dynasty. But will the winning continue in the Bay Area or have the Giants actually punctuated their dynasty?
Before the World Series could reach its climactic finish, Joe Maddon decided to shake up the baseball world by opting out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and is now all but a lock to become the newest manager of the Chicago Cubs. I'll discuss the upcoming offseason that could shift a balance in power for the 2015 season.
And last but certainly not least, the NBA is back and my beloved Chicago Bulls look like a team on a mission. Now, I'm writing this before knowing how they will do/did against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, but I'm optimistic dammit!
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