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Bynum interested in Mavs, Rockets if he leaves Lakers

Jul 9, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

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The key reason Dwight Howard is likely not going to the Lakers is Andrew Bynum.

Not that the Magic don’t want him — he’s certainly better than Brook Lopez and the T.G.I.Fridays sampler platter that they likely get — but that they can’t keep him. Just like Howard, Bynum is a free agent next summer. He can walk. And so Orlando would be trading one disgruntled big man yearning to be free for another. Not an upgrade.

Bynum doesn’t want to be in Orlando and if he’s not a Laker has a small list of places he does want to be, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Bynum, 24, has one year left on his Lakers contract and has a short list of potential teams with salary-cap space and supporting cast that primarily include the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a “couple others” on the list, league sources said. If Bynum remains with the Lakers past the Howard derby, he’ll have strong incentive to accept a maximum contract extension to stay in L.A., sources said. Otherwise, he has expressed a desire to test the free-agent market.

If the Lakers do not move him, expect them to offer him that max extension before the season starts.

Then look for the Lakers to give the Steve Nash/Kobe Bryant/Pau Gasol/Bynum group a test run for the first half of the season, to see how it works. If there are clear flaws, Gasol likely is back on the block.

Meanwhile, the Nets remain the front-runner to land Howard. However, it’s complex, a three or four team deal (Cleveland being one team) that could involve as many as 14 players and picks and probably half the cast of “New Girl.” There’s progress along that trade front, but complex deals like this fall apart quickly.

  1. therealhtj - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Never thought I’d see the day when ANYONE has Cleveland on their short list. Fear not Orlando, if you do end up trading for him (and his Bird rights) he’s going nowhere.

    Remember his agent is the genius who got Trevor Ariza run out of LA, but there’s no way Bynum and his wonky knees would EVER give up that 5th year and 25-30 million. You can also count on him breaking down physically (and likely mentally) at some point during that contract.

  2. bchapman2011 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    I hope that the author truly doesnt believe that the Bynum for Howard trade will not happen based on the destination preferences ot these two players. Both teams will own the Bird rights for each player and neither of these guys will be willing to leave 20-25 million on the table, The absolute worst scenario is that a teams gets Bynum or Howards services for one season and then they do a sign and trade deal and will receive significant assets in return.

  3. ron05342 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    “There’s progress along that trade front, but complex deals like this fall apart quickly.”

    Yup, they sure do, so how can anyone really deem that there is “progress?”

  4. 2002duck - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    The Rockets had better be working the phones to make it happen.

  5. rocketsbb - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    If he matures and works on his post game, a lot of teams will be after him.

    • cmehustle - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      I think a lot of teams would be after him. as in period. already. like today

  6. bparmalee - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Bynum hasn’t been able to handle being the 2nd or 3rd option on the Lakers… I don’t see how he could handle being the number 1 guy. He gets flustered…doesn’t really take criticism well (constructive or otherwise) and when the going gets tough he takes a 3 or blind sides a 5’9″ 170lb guard. His mental frailty combined with his injury issues should worry teams. Once he has his long term deal (with all of his money is guaranteed) will he just shut it down? I also don’t understand his short list……. he doesn’t make Dallas, Houston or Cleveland a contender…. so if it isn’t about winning then what is his criteria for wanting to go to a certain team? I’m still waiting for the first star player to ask to be traded to OKC…. I mean if it’s about winning then that’s one of the few places people should be dying to go.

    • teambringitstrong - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:14 AM

      You people are killing me. If you see the look on his face when he talks about this, he’s pulling your leg. That fool isn’t going anywhere outside of L.A.

    • tsi431 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Considering Bynum has attempted only nine 3 point shots in 392 games proves you are not too knowledgeable about his game. I am also unfamiliar with this mysterious 5’9 170lb guard. If you are talking about J.J. Barea, he is 6’0 175lbs, but that was on a defensive play.

      Bynum’s issue is his dribbling. Since he actually can shoot, unlike Dwight, he takes the ball outside and makes his way in.

      His short list only involves teams that have the cap space for a max contract.

      Nobody wants to go to OKC because no one wants to live in Oklahoma City.

      • drunkenjunk - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        just because jj is listed at 6’0 doesn’t mean he is. The guy is 5’10 tops.

      • allthewaylive1 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Cap space for a max contract or not, I don’t see anybody running to Cleveland either…

    • lakers4life24 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM

      The list of teams that he mentioned are non contending teams. He obviously doesn’t

    • muhangis - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      Say what you want but Bynum is in the running w/ Howard as the best C in the league. Per minute Bynum is more productive than Howard (despite being a 2nd or 3rd option behind Kobe & Gasol, while DH was Magic’s only go-2–guy), and is a significantly better scorer (and passer) than Howard. But he is 2 years younger! Also has 2 championship rings, and costs much less against the cap.

      btw just cause you foolishly can’t foresee the huge cap issues OKC is about to face in the coming years with their load of star players already on their roster, doesn’t mean that these NBA players can’t!

      Sorry to say, but sounds like it’s you’re intelligence that is very short-sighted and frail, bparmalee.

    • muhangis - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      Try to twist it how you wan but Bynum is in the running w/ Howard as the best C in the league. Per minute Bynum is more productive than Howard (despite being a 2nd or 3rd option behind Kobe & Gasol, while DH was Magic’s only go-2–guy), and is a significantly better scorer (and passer) than Howard. But he is 2 years younger! Also has 2 championship rings, and costs much less against the cap.

      btw just cause you foolishly can’t foresee the huge cap issues OKC is about to face in the coming years with their load of star players already on their roster, doesn’t mean that these NBA players can’t! How do they expect to get paid?

      And speaking of terrible character issues, atleast Bynum isn’t trying to tell the front office to have his head coach fired behind his back!

      Sorry to say, but sounds like it’s you’re intelligence that is very short-sighted and frail, bparmalee.

    • muhangis - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      And you mentioned injury issues as well? I suppose you didn’t notice D Howard missing during last year’s playoffs?!

  7. loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    unless Howard states he would sign a long term contract with LA…Bynum is staying. he may have a lot of issues but one valubale attribute he has is he’s one of the few “true big men” in the league. even with all his shenanigans…he is regarded as the 2nd best center in the league.

  8. omniusprime - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Bynum certainly has low expectations if he’s picking Cleveland or Houston for his next team. Let’s hope that the Lakers keep Bynum and Gasol and get Kevin Love to replace a traded away MWP. Just hate seeing the Lakers become the newest Ancient Losers of the NBA. Nash will be a total bust with the Lakers because he can’t play defense, something Fisher at least worked hard at despite his advanced age.

  9. thejabronisayz - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I would rather have a used broken styrofoam cup on my team than Bynum.

  10. joshm5683 - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I don’t see how keeping Bynum and Gasol would help with trading for Kevin Love. Part of the problem last year was the pieces didn’t fit together very well. Love and Gasol both play the same position and I don’t think you’re giving a max extension to a reserve. You could move Bynum or Gasol and add Love, but you can’t have all 3, it just wouldn’t work.

    As far as Nash being a bust in LA, I also can’t agree with that either. Lakers point guards are like traffic cones on defense, and its been that way for years. The bigs behind the shoddy PG defense is what makes it work. The Lakers big problems were outside shooting and the offense becoming stagnant. Both of those are areas Nash can help, the big question is how effective he’ll be able to do those things at age 39 when the season ends. Just because Fisher worked hard, doesn’t make him not a liability out there. He hit big shots but Nash can do that as well, neither would be challenging D12, Garnett, Iggy, Ibaka for defensive player of the year.

  11. mj2000gm - Jul 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    All that matters are money.haha.

    Childish, not enthusiastic, not aggresive in playing.

    Try to trade him right away.

  12. jimsjam33 - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Keep Gasol . Good riddence to Bynum . Scola and Martin plus draft picks .

  13. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Well, Bynum will not be able to screw his face up about not getting enough touches next season with Nash in the house. He would do well to double down on defense, rebounds, and blocks in the process as well, instead of jacking up threes just because like early last season. While on the subject of focusing upon improving a good game to consistent greatness, I think he should not shut down on Kareem’s tutelage, and get his but a sky hook; tailor made for a big player with gimpy knees.

  14. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Oh, excuse my grammar; Bynum, get your “butt” a sky hook!

  15. chadinkc30 - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Get him outta LA asap! He’s gonna hurt LA this year, not help & its obvious! If they are really trying to win this year, you trade his ass to the highest bidder!

  16. vstyle23 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Why can’t Americas family destination keep players. Orlando only gets retired players but they hate playing here, what’s up with that?

  17. charlutes - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Actually its because howard won’t sign in LA

  18. donjuan1906 - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    I think Bynum would be a good fit for the Cavs, because he’s a true 5. With a point like Kyrie Irving, he could be the focal point of the scoring.

    So the Cavs, in actuality, would be a good fit for him.

    That would be a sweet line-up if you have Bynum at the 5, Varajao at the 4, Thompson at the 3, Waitors at the 2, and Irving at the 1.

    If Humphries is as legit as the pundits say he is, you could swap Varajao for him. Then you would Zeller coming in for Bynum.

    Under Byron Scott’s tuteladge – that would be a formidable squad right there!!!!!

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