Rumor: The Cavaliers tried to trade for Pau Gasol

It seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been calling around the league in an attempt to land a star big man on their squad.

According to, Cavs general manager Chris Grant recently called the Lakers to try and snap their 7-foot Spaniard: 

Grant has checked on the availability of LaMarcus Aldridge and Marc Gasol. He has explored taking Pau Gasol off the Lakers’ hands. And after Kevin Love blasted the Minnesota Timberwolves organization in a recent Yahoo Sports story, Grant checked in to see if they had any interest in moving Love in a package built around Varejao. The answer was no.

Of course, it seems the Lakers weren’t interested. It’s unclear whether the package would’ve been built around Anderson Varejao, or if discussions even got that far.

You can add this one to other recent rumors – apparently the Lakers turned down offers of Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon from the Raptors, and Derrick Williams and Nikola Pekovic from the Timberwolves.

Right now, it seems Pau is safe, but who knows if that could change in the future as we near the February trade deadline. This is just another one of those rumors to keep your eye on.

Written by Ross Pickering

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