Why the Lakers should tank

With L.A. floundering, it should be looking toward the 2014 draft

Updated: December 31, 2013, 1:53 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

Welcome to Tankapalooza, Los Angeles Lakers. We've been expecting you.

According to a report from our own Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers have discussed swapping Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The key here: Just half of Bynum's $12 million salary is guaranteed if he's waived by next Tuesday. No deal is considered imminent, but eyeing Bynum's not-fully-guaranteed contract would be a surefire indication that the Lakers are throwing in the towel on a tumultuous season.

It's about time.