In response to Fierce34's comment:
The Lakers, who have had their season wrecked by injuries, have been considering whether to execute the trade because it would get them out of the luxury tax for the first time in seven years. More important than the $20 million in instant savings would be easing the pressure of going into the repeater tax in either 2015 or 2016, sources said. If team is in the luxury tax in four out of any five years, it triggers the repeater tax.
The Lakers, who broke a six-game losing streak with a victory over the Jazz on Friday night, have sought more than just the cost savings from the Cavs. They have been seeking a package that would include a young player or a draft pick, which has been holding up the talks.
It makes sense if the Lakers will just dump salary.
But no way the Lakers will be getting the Cavs' 2014 1st round pick.
Lake show not in a strong bargaining position...Cleveland can make them sweat....