The agent for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star center Andrew Bynum said he has held no discussions with the Cavaliers and doesn’t believe a deal involving his client and Cleveland is imminent.
“I’ve had zero conversations with [Cavs General Manager] 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.”
Bynum is under contract to the Lakers, and 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 whether Bynum would be interested in signing a long-term deal 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 his agreeing to an extension.
They have been mentioned as possible trade partners with the Lakers and Orlando Magic as the Magic continue to explore trade options involving Dwight Howard.
Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that Howard is 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.
Daniel Gibson is “about 90 percent” recovered from surgery in April to repair a torn tendon in his left foot. Gibson joined the Cavs’ summer league staff in Las Vegas to continue his workouts. He expects to be fully healthy by training camp.
“I can do everything on the court as far as working out and improving,” Gibson said. “Reaction is what we’re trying to get to next, being able to react and stuff like that. They want me to be all the way back to 100 percent before I get back to that type of basketball.”
Gibson has dealt with an assortment of injuries in his career, but this was the first that required surgery. He needed roughly eight weeks of recovery before he could even step back onto a basketball court.
Gibson is doing most of his rehab work in Los Angeles, although he returns to Cleveland periodically for checkups. He is entering the final year of his contract, and it is partially guaranteed, but it would be a surprise if the Cavs parted ways with him.
He averaged 7.5 points in 35 game last season but shot 40 percent on 3-pointers. It was the second-lowest shooting percentage on 3-pointers in his six-year career.
Samuels shaping up
In their postseason meeting before Samardo Samuels returned home for the summer, Cavs coach Byron Scott gave the young forward a stern warning. In short, Samuels was blowing the best opportunity he would get at an NBA career.
Scott sharply criticized Samuels last season for showing up out of shape. He failed to capitalize on a surprising rookie season and was close to playing his way off the Cavs’ roster.
Samuels took Scott’s criticisms seriously and dedicated himself to working out this summer. He showed up in Las Vegas down about 17 pounds from last season and cut his body fat from about 15 percent to 9 percent.
Samuels said he weighs 242 pounds now and hasn’t been this skinny since high school.
“I just feel great,” Samuels said. “I’ve been working the whole summer. All my weaknesses summing up the whole year, people been saying I need to work on, as soon as the season was over, I started working on.
“I looked myself in the mirror and just worked to change all the bad stuff, just cleared my head and came back a new player.”
Samuels said he cut all fried foods from his diet and stuck to things like grilled chicken. He was amazed at how quickly the weight came off.
So was Scott.
“Maybe our talk at the end of the season had a little bit to do with that,” Scott said, adding he simply told Samuels the truth. “It was an amazing transformation. It was good to see that he’s obviously taking this coming season very seriously.”
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