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Will Rockets make run at Andrew Bynum this summer? Will others?

Feb 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson Getty Images

It’s part of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement — it is better financially for a potential free agent to become a free agent and re-sign with his team than to just sign an extension. So even if a sure max player has no intention of leaving a team, he has to at least dip his toe in the free agent waters to get paid.

Which means if you want to call up Chris Paul this summer and try to sway him away from the Clippers, you can try. It almost certainly will fail, but you can try.

Dwight Howard’s agent is going to get a lot of calls. Smart money says he still takes the money — larger raises and one more guaranteed year — that the Lakers can offer. But at the start of the season it seemed a lock he would stay, now nothing about the Lakers seems a lock. Howard is not getting traded and when push comes to shove it’s unlikely he walks away from L.A.

But the Rockets are still going to make a push to get him, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. However, it’s the other player the Rockets may go after that is more interesting.

Two of the toughest questions a GM could face this summer are “How much would you pay Andrew Bynum a year and for how many years?” When healthy and playing he is one of the rare quality old-school centers in the league. He can defend, rebound and score in the paint. But how healthy will he be and for how long?

In part the answer to those questions will be based on how he plays once he returns to the court. The money is going to be big — if not max pretty close to it — but the question is length. How long do you want to be committed to a guy with knee issues?

Philly should be in the drivers seat in negotiations, but if another team — say Houston — stepped in with more money or more guaranteed years, would Philly match? The Sixers got him to be an anchor to build around in the East, a counter to the small ball Heat. But what is the number where they think it’s a bad deal.

Point is, expect the Rockets to be poking around looking for some inside to go with James Harden and Jeremy Lin on the outside.

  1. fanofevilempire - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    why not, he rested the entire season, next year he will be fresh.

    • macjacmccoy - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      stupidest thing I have ever heard. Big difference from resting and not being able to play bc your knees are so bad that you can get a bone bruise just by using a tread mill at your full weight.

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        maybe you never heard yourself speakin.
        stop being such a bitch, jac off

  2. flyrocket31 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    pass on both bynum and howard. too much money and not worth it. Rockets should find a trade to go after Cousins. he has had some mental trouble but Mchale can teach him and hes alot cheaper. pair him with asik and thats a nice offenseive defensive front court.

    • saint1997 - Feb 7, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      possibly too much size though? Who would play the 4? Im guessing Cousins but I’m just not sure his foot speed is quick enough to deal with some speedy power forwards

  3. patfic15 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    No. The stupidest thing would be giving this guy more than a 2-3 yr deal with options after years 1 and 2.

    • zacksdad - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      He will get offered the Max deal from another team. Philly will offer just a little bit more to try to keep him. He might take a Max deal from Houston just to try to play more against the Lakers and take them down.

  4. tdbj89 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    this would make the rockets big time contenders in west….. lin harden parsons patterson and bynum are a really good 5

  5. losanginsight - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Teams talking about making a run at a guy that can’t run?

  6. danielcp0303 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Chris Broussard is just throwing names on a wall to see what sticks.

  7. mlbbal52 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    At what point do you just give up on this guy. Its sad but true…

  8. nolakrlvr - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    This would be a huge mistake for the Rockets, or any other team for the matter. He doesn’t listen to his coaches, is frequently injured and puts his own agenda ahead of getting healthy so he can play. He is down right embarassing and immature, like when he parked in a handicap spot and raised a ruckus when his car got towed. His reasoning was that he was Andrew Bynum and no one was parked there anyway.

  9. dabceb - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    What’s wrong with the Rockets current center, Asik? At least he’s playing…..

    • flyrocket31 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      He’s doing everything an elite center can do, he just needs better offensive moves and consistency but defensively he is solid top 3.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

      Exactly, what the Rockets need is someone like Paul Milsap or Al Jefferson in the front court to go with Asik.

  10. waltpeterson - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Brousard has no clue of who the Rockets are.
    These guys have the heads so far up the LAL PR club you can see their eyes when Kobe/ Howard , et al opens their mouths.

    Omer is a consistent double double guy. Many nights close to 20 rebounds! That’s not counting the blocks or the outlet passes he excels at. He is why they can run with anyone.
    He is hoss and a team player.

    We may look at a experienced PF but we have our center.

    Neither one of those guys can stay on the court.

    Chris must just need to keep his tweeter out in public.

  11. qpoiu1 - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Not Bynum…bring Josh Smith!! Imagine that guy running alongside Lin and Harden on the fastbreak, it is something to think about…

  12. ayochaser - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Call me crazy but they’d be just as well off going after Greg Oden. Less drama than either if these 2 players not to mention he’s younger and a hell of a lot cheaper. And just curious but didn’t Asik get the same deal as Lin? If so they better work out a sign and trade with him involved cause that 3rd year will be a killer.

  13. borderline1988 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I don’t understand this idea at all.

    Houston has an excellent centre already. Asik is extremely consistent and looks like a younger Tyson Chandler, the most underrated centre in the league.

    My opinion is, don’t go for Bynum. If he had great intangibles, was a proven leader, great teammate, consistent performer, etc. then he may be worth the risk even without the injuries.
    But the crazy thing about him is, even if you can guarantee that he’d be 100% healthy for the next 10 years, you still don’t know if he’s a guy you can build your team around. In fact, everything besides his actual talent level suggests he’s not that guy.

    Houston is already a playoff team as it is; imagine if they can sign or trade for a scoring PF or a scoring 3.

    • wsuperman4445 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      If Houston is serious about making a run for it this season then my suggestion is trade for JJ Redick from the magic. Offer them ( magic) some of their younger talent as Orlando Has Hit the resend/Play button for this season, with Redick as a 3 point specialist great Mid range shooter and is able to get to the hoop with a above average inside game Houston would have a great deal in making to play along side of Lin, and Harden, meanwhile the Magicget more young talent and maybe some first round picks to even it out.. as far as Dwight, Dwight has never shown himself to be a leader while in Orlando and now in LA, also can anyone tell me the last time a team was built around a center and it turned out to be a Great Move? Dwight and Bynum both are head Cases and both have not improve their Maturity over the years. as they say in the medical field… a Child’s Mental health and Personality Development is completed by the time he or she is 6yrs so what I am saying is Dwight and Bynum should have learned to Grow up by now but given the facts of Personality Development.. that happening so that Dwight could take over from Kobe, in the up coming years mature is remote..

    • texxxasmade - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Because you can play both him and Asik and go big like the Lakers always do and or have Asik come off the bench. You keep the hotter player on the court in that case. Why do you think the Lakers won all those championships…b/c they were taller than everyone else in most postions.

      • borderline1988 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Being taller than everyone else doesn’t win you championships. Skill and fit wins championships.

        Gasol and Bynum worked b/c Gasol was basically a PG operating out of the post. Together, Bynum and Gasol were an exceptional high-low combination. Gasol is the best passing big man in the league – you can’t compare. Gasol also could play his man face-up.

        Asik, Bynum and Howard – none of them can play their man face up. They’re all finishers and back-to the basket big men. None of them pass the ball very well. None of them can put one dribble on the floor (unless their back is to the basket).

        Having 2 of them on the court together would do nothing but clog the lane for penetrators.

        I guess you can have Asik come off the bench and start Bynum, but it just seems a bit redundant. If you have many/resources to spend, why not go after someone who fits the roster (i.e. a scoring PF) rather than another hulking centre?

  14. drago2012 - Feb 7, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Howard and Bynam are you avarage ballers. You get more hype then real action. Neither one can create and score. They can’t shoot free throws. Howard is little bit more athletic but is hurt even more then Bynam. Any team that takes them on will not go anywhere!!! On top of all other issues they have attitude problem. They are both good on paper but that is as far as it goes. I am starting to believe that Omer Asik is better then either on of these jumps!!

  15. texxxasmade - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Overall I think they should make a run at Cousins. Only problem is that Cousins is still under contract and the Kings errr Sonics are going to want a ton in return…so gotta go free agent.

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