The agent for Lakers All-Star Andrew Bynum said he has held no discussions with the Cavaliers and doesn't believe a deal involving his client to Cleveland is imminent.
"I've had zero conversations with Chris Grant," said David Lee, Bynum's agent. "I would imagine any team involved in this trade would be smart enough to talk to us."
While Bynum is under contract to the Lakers, it is common in trades of this magnitude for agents to be consulted before a deal is completed. Particularly in the case of Bynum, who can be a free agent at the end of the season.
Cleveland was listed in a recent Yahoo Sports report as a potential destination Bynum would consider in free agency next summer, but Lee said he had no idea how the two were linked.
"I am often puzzled as to the basis of an article. I am particularly puzzled with that one," Lee said. "When I read it, I was in Alaska with Andrew and his family. I have no clue who he could have been talking to. I was taken aback by the list, considering there is nobody in anybody's camp he could've been talking to. I have no idea where that came about."
Asked if Bynum would indeed be interested in signing long-term with the Cavaliers, who have the cap space to take him, Lee declined comment.
"We are not in position to discuss that at this time," he said.
The Cavs couldn't feasibly trade for Bynum without him agreeing to an extension.
The Cavs have been mentioned as possible trade partners with the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic as the Magic continue to explore trade options involving Dwight Howard.
Multiple news outlets have reported Thursday that Howard is now open to signing an extension with the Lakers, but that shouldn't have much bearing on the trade negotiations. The Lakers were already pursuing Howard heavily even without an agreement from him to commit to the franchise long term.