The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed a trade involving a swap of Pau Gasol for Andrew Bynum.
No deal is believed to be imminent, but both sides are considering it ahead of the Jan. 7 deadline for when the second half of Bynum's salary for the season becomes guaranteed.
The Lakers could save more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes by trading for Bynum and then waiving him.
A trade would need to include at least one additional player to make the deal work and perhaps other assets from the Cavaliers.
Sources say the Lakers are reluctant to part with Gasol in any trade without receiving assets of some value in return.
The Cavaliers have pursued Gasol since this past summer when they had extensive talks with the Lakers, which ended after Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets.