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Report: Dallas Mavericks interested in Andrew Bynum

Jul 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

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Mark Cuban didn’t succeed in his Dwight Howard gambit, so now me may be about to roll the dice on another elite center… well, sometimes elite center sometimes flamenco dancer.

Mavericks fans, how would you like to have Andrew Bynum on your team?

Actually, it’s not that bad a gamble (we’ll get to that) and the Mavericks are serious, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

As they should. Very detailed. Philadelphia traded Andre Iguodala for Bynum last year and didn’t get one game out of him, a move that was followed by a front office shakeup there.

But with the right deal this is not a bad gamble for Dallas — a two or three year contract with team options on the second and third years, plus a clause that if he doesn’t play due to a pre-existing knee condition the contract can essentially be voided (this does exist, the Timberwolves had it in Brandon Roy’s deal last year).

The upside is if Bynum is back close to his All-Star self the Mavericks have arguably the best center in the game on their team. If not, they let him go after one year and use the cap space to chase free agents again next summer.

Expect Bynum and his team to be patient, holding out for the best offer now that Dwight Howard has made his call.

  1. spthegr8 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I have just one question,WHY?????

    • biasedhomer - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Because every other big name is gone.

      • miketreedy - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Give contracts to Calderon and Bynum will not make the make the Mavs a winner. Time to rebuild Cuban. Look at the Celtics and follow. The Celtics have an advantage signing free agents and they still decided to rebuild. Trade Dirk so he can have a chance to win another title and start rebuilding. It was a fun ride but it’s over!

      • spthegr8 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

        @biasedhomer
        So because the other big names are gone. You bring in a guy that has a bad attitude, NO work ethic and would rather Bowl or play soccer, than get ready to play Basketball ( Even tho he is being paid MILLIONS of dollars too do it…..????? GOT IT!!!!!

  2. bellerophon30 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Oh Mark, Mark, Mark, is this what we’re down to?

    But like Kurt said, if the contract is Roy protected, there’s little risk. He should make a run at one of the Nikola’s first though.

    And to think that Cuban used to be seen as an advantage in luring free agents, and now he seems to be a detriment. Gotta wonder what Dirk is thinking right now.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      I think it’s because Dirk is older now and guys want to win immediately. If Dirk were like 3 yrs younger, someone would have gone to Dallas a yr ago or this year but they know Dwight is on the tail end of his career, still very good but…

      Imagine if Harden was 35 yrs old an Dirk was 23 yrs old…

      I mean, Dirk is 35 yrs old now. Kobe will turn 35 in late Aug.

      Beyond just Dirk, what else do they have? The players today don’t want to work towards a championship and grow and build up their team. They want to be on a winner presto. Join up with their friends or go to other teams who seem best poised to win right now.

      Houston had more to offer Dwight right now than Dallas.

      I mean a 23 yr old Harden and a 27 yr old Dwight, with the positions they each play is a great pairing, whether one likes Dwight or Houston or not.

      Pairing a 35 yr old Dirk with Dwight left him wondering about 2 and 3 yrs down the road as Dwight doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting. He looked around at Dallas and couldn’t see anyone there like Harden.

      • bellerophon30 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:35 PM

        Cuban cost them Deron Williams, according to Deron Williams, by not showing up to their meeting. This has led them to giving $7 million a year to Jose Calderon, a competent point guard that three teams have given up on in the calendar year (Memphis could have kept him as part of that trade, but let him go to Detroit). So their cap space for 2014 is now somewhat compromised for no good reason. Dallas still isn’t going to make the playoffs this coming season, not in a West that is getting more and more stacked. So why not ‘rebuild’ like Philly is, like the Lakers will have to.

        I’m not blaming Dwight for not going to Dallas, Houston was the clear Texas winner in those sweepstakes. But to be reduced to Bynum, a very tall man who only grudgingly accepts that basketball should be his livelihood……..well it’s a sad decline for a franchise that won a title two years ago and has made wrong move after wrong move since (though Kaman and Mayo were defensible deals, and anyone would have taken Brand for that price).

  3. fanofthegame79 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    “Because you can’t teach tall.” – said by all basketball pundits even in the face of facts that dispute this logic.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I don’t remember saying that.

      • cmehustle - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Hilarious!!!

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:38 AM

        Well played, ProBasketballPundit. Well played.

    • 6thsense79 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      How can that logic be disputed fanofthegame? I always thought you were tall or you were not. His do you teach someone to be 7 ft?

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        Because being tall doesn’t always equal success in the NBA. So the answer to the question is not always the big man when asked: who do you take first, a good big man or a good small man. When was the last time a center or power forward won the MVP or Finals MVP?

  4. htownred34 - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Dallas might as well take a gamble since there r no remaining star players in free agency. They should make the contract a bit like Brandon Roy’s for the t-wolves where it was partially guaranteed and he had to play a specific amount of games to make it fully guaranteed.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      This. I’ll still always hate him for that cheap shot on JJ, while getting throttled by the Mavs. On the other hand kaman is a stiff.

  5. sgtr0c - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    How many elite players take a year off during their prime playing years? Elite does not mean “only center available”. Elite players carry teams and make players around them better. From Andy’s past playing, he doesn’t really carry anyone. He may be good, maybe even “could be great”, but elite, c’mon dude.

    • 6thsense79 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Bynum was an intrical part of the last two Lakers championship. At one point he was in the conversation for best center in the league.

      • nycalldayz - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        When healthy he’s in the conversation.

      • Anoesis - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Intrical? You’ve gone all Palin on us.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        First, it’s integral. Second, Bynum was not an integral “part of the last two Lakers championships”. He was mostly in Phil Jackson’s dog house and when he wasn’t he was only on the court for 17.4 and 24.4 minutes per game. “Oh but that’s a lot of minutes!” – Then he should have done better than 3.7ppg/6.3 rpg and 6.9/8.6 that he put up during the championship runs. He was a nice change of pace for Gasol and played some defense but his numbers were more Kwame Brown than an being integral part of two championships.

        If you will remember correctly it was AFTER the championship run than he was finally healthy, out of the dog house (sort of), and had his All-Star run, which in turned made him the trade asset that he became.

      • sgtr0c - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        Elite does not mean “integral part”. Just saying. He has some career left, could improve, but elites do not come back from year off, they never take them.

  6. dezglobal - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    He looks like a member of the Jackson 5 w a lot less moves.

  7. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Oh god no

  8. worldbfree4me - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    @marc stein “Yet it’s been made clear they’ll make detailed/careful evaluation first” first of all Cuban showed the players in the league his true colors when he was critical of “Multi Champion” LeBron James’ move to go to the HEAT. And when he let Tyson Chandler walk after he basically help deliver to Dirk, his one and only ring. I used to be a fan, but the guy (Cuban or Jewban) took the blueprint from the Marlins on how not to repeat. Bynum has all the leverage here, not the other way around. If any team gives him what he wants including the Lakers, he’ll sign up period. So count the Mavs out. I just hope Dirk wises up and departs this team as a free agent next year.

  9. zacksdad - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    If they can get him to sign a 3 year contract with team options of year 2 and 3, I think it is a great pickup. Bynum plays better when he has a reason to do so. Onse he has his money though, he cares more about life outside of basketball.

  10. andyreidisfat - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    If Bynum plays he is better than any other center in nba.

    Truth is Bynum ‘s knees were fine last year. He just didnt want to play for the sixers. Multiple doctors said he was fine. The guy is just a big baby.

    I think he would probably play and play well for the mavs for at least the first year. But as soon as the smallest sign of adversity hits, Andrew will quit

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Please provide links to all those stories where the doctors said he was fine to play.

    • philadelphiafan - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      If Bynum’s knees really were fine why did he say less than a week ago that he’s not working out for any teams yet? Truth is he doesn’t want teams to know he is still injured. This guy’s career looks like it’s coming to an end but I just can’t wait to see him swindle Mark Cuban on his way out.

  11. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I just KNEW I was gonna read about this today! When D12 told DAL they’re out of the running yesterday, the first thing that popped in my mind was “Bynum”.

  12. gogatorsjohn - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Bynum is not the best center in the game when healthy.

    • somekat - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      He is when healthy AND motivated. It’s just a very rare occasion when he is both

      • spursareold - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        He’s never motivated.

  13. somekat - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I thought this would happen via sign and trade before the draft, but I’ve seen this coming for a while. Still wouldn’t shock me if they tried to swing some sort of deal to dump some salary while giving up a pick or two to save so cash so they aren’t “all in” on Bynum. Maybe Marion and a pick going back to Philly (with Philly then either trading or just releasing Marion)?

    I know they could sign him outright, but then they’d basically be done with no back court. I think they’ll try to do something like this so they can still try to bring in some quality guards

  14. realfootballfan - Jul 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Did everyone lose in that Lakers/76ers trade?

    Howard is leaving LA after their worst season in years; Bynum never played for the Sixers. And both coaches when these moves were made last summer were fired, or if you’re into semantics, allowed to resign in Collins case.

    • anthonyverna - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Yes. Don’t forget Denver was a part of it. They fired George Karl and now lost Iggy.

    • bellerophon30 - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      Well the Nuggets did have a good season with Iggy………..then lost in the first round of the playoffs and then lost Iggy. Um, yeah.

      But the Lakers at least had a chance at something, and nobody could have foreseen that Kobe would blow an Achilles. Bynum not playing a minute……a little more likely.

      So that makes Orlando the winner. They “rebuilt” and got a high draft pick, got a productive and cheap season from their Nikola, and since they were “rebuilding”, dealt JJ for Tobias Harris, a splendid return for a player not likely to re-sign.

      So the win to Orlando, and silver to the Lakers for at least giving it a shot.

      • somekat - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Ask a year from now. From the sixers perspective, I said “worst case scenario, you get rid of iggy a year earlier and start to rebuild”, well, they got the worst case scenario. But if they get Wiggins and the 6-7 pick next year to team up with Noel and Carter Williams and Thad Young, with enough cap space to sign 2 max players outright, they could still wind up the long term winners of this deal. Then again, they could play better than expected, win 30 games, and have no shot at the top pick

        The Lakers, to me, it’s basically a push. They got nothing back for Howard except space, but they wouldn’t of got anything for Bynum except space

        With Iggy walking, I have to look at Denver as a loser. Sure they had a good regular season, but the lost in the first round, just like before he got there. No improvement, and he’s gone with nothing to show for it

        Orlando has Affalo, Vucevic, and Harkless for a guy that was going to walk for nothing. Did the trade turn them into a contender? No, not at all. Middle of the pack team at best. But you still have to look at this deal as a clear win for them

  15. whitdog23 - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Bynum is not a basketball player. He’s learned how to beat the system until there are no more stupid teams. it’s only taken 6 years to figure out

  16. jburrell4 - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Is that a photo of Craig Robinson?

  17. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Idk if his knees were as bad as they were made out to be. It won’t surprise me that he plays next season and dominates. I don’t think he wanted to play here in Philly. I could be wrong though…

  18. woodrree7 - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Bynum is garbage!! He hour himself bowling for Pete sakes!! he ha ZERO heart, ZERO desire and absolutely NO GAME left!! I know you can’t teach tall, but you can’t fix what’s wrong with this guy….. Hell, he doesn’t even like basketball! He just plays because he’s 7′ and morons will pay by the foot in basketball (see Sean Bradley and any of the other stifffs who have tried to play)

  19. twesty85 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    With the right contract(protection on first year and team options on every year after that) any team in the NBA would be stupid not to give him a chance. I would rather have a 25 year old Bynum than a 27 year old coach killer with back problems that will plague him for the rest of his career in Dwight Howard. Bynum might be immature but he’s not nearly as much of a vocal diva as Howard and it’s possible all it could take is the right coaches and leaders for Bynum to show everyone his true talent. Howard will have back problems for the rest of his career and he will ruin every coaches career until he wins it all without putting in the dirty work in down low.

  20. albertmn - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Caveat emptor.

    Any team giving this guy a contract is asking to waste money.

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