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Report: Cavaliers, Mavericks leading contenders for Andrew Bynum

Jul 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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The question was never “would teams be interested in Andrew Bynum?” Two years ago when healthy he was in the “best center in the game” conversation. Guys like him do not come around often.

The question was always “what kind of contract would he get?”

We may find out soon, with the interest in him heating up from Cleveland and Dallas, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.com.

Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers are legitimate contenders to sign Bynum after his lost season in Philadelphia, especially if the former Los Angeles Lakers All-Star is willing to sign a one-year deal….

The Mavericks are also actively pursuing Bynum in the wake of Dwight Howard‘s decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, sources previously told ESPN.com.

The Hawks may be in the mix as well, but the question is how much money they have left after Monta Ellis, who is their top target.

The question for the Mavericks is how many years do you want to put on this deal? He has had chronic knee issues and didn’t play at all last season, something like a three-year contract would seem a risk. The deal could be structured with team options for Dallas in future years, but obviously Bynum would want as much guaranteed as he could get.

It sounds like Cleveland wants to make a big offer but a one-year offer. Smart strategy. If he works out you can try to re-sign him, but the risks are limited. And with Bynum there will always be risks. But if another team offers two years they may not get him.

  1. loungefly74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    would love to see the Cavs go after AB…but just for a 1 year contract. i’m loving the aggressiveness they are finally showing. their young kids have good enough experience in the tank…if they all progress and if they land a rejuvenated AB and Jack plays like the best 6th man…watch out.

  2. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Bynum won’t sign a one year deal..

    He needs money security so he can be a lazy bastard and still get paid..

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Amen!

  3. kanemoney - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    #dodgethebullet

    He is immature, let him self get out of shape and is motivated by the $$$s.

    But he is a big man which gives him at least 8mil, maybe 12mil, god forbid a max deal.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    I’d love to see him try to pull his lazy act with Cuban.

    • cnmatthews - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Like Lamar Odom did?

    • therealhtj - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Because Cuban will do something different than whine to the press? It’s the NBA – the owners give these guys guaranteed money and they act accordingly. It’s not like Cuban could do anything to get Lamar Odom to act right. No way he’ll get Bynum to behave either.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        Agree, the Zen master could barely handle him, i doubt anyone else can, although Jim Carrey is a good coach for the mavs

  5. dezglobal - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Lazy Millionaire.

    • twilson962 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      I’d love to be a lazy millionaire.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I wish all owners would take a stand and no one sign the guy. Sit out another year bum.

  7. xraiderfan - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Two words:

    JaMarcus Russell.

    OK, more than two words. You have GOT to be kidding me. We are not talking about “winners” in the Bynum sweepstakes, we’re talking about losers willing to take a chance on an immature brat who would rather do anything but earn his keep. Lakers don’t want him; 76ers don’t want him. Other teams, beware!

  8. c4nnon - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Dallas would be better off without this bum

  9. kvanhorn87 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    If there are multiple suitors, would there be any benefit to a sixers sign and trade to say Atlanta who doesn’t have the cap room but could unload a bad contract (expiring in a year or two) to Philly along with a draft pick?

  10. halfbaht - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Cavs are trying to build a contender. Bynum would be a better fit there and have more of a chance sooner than later with the pieces they’re putting together.

  11. jonsavoy301 - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    d rose and bynum both sat out last year for health reasons. why is bynum the only one demonized for looking out for his best interests? when philly acquired bynum, they did so knowing that his play was contingent on the health of his knee. they rolled the dice and they crapped out.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      I don’t think people question Rose’s love of the game and desire to improve. That is a question teammates have raised about Bynum.

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Because Bynum strung us along all year with his ,”oh yeah, I’ll be out there soon” or ,” I’m definitely playing by the all star break.” The list went on ad nauseum. The dude’s a fat, lazy, piece of trash. The best part is he’s from the area. even his high school prep coach has nothing nice to say about him, nor do many his past teammates, unless you ask Jrue Holiday. Maybe thats why he was traded.

  12. anhdazman - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Which ever team offers him a handicap parking space locks up the deal.

    • mydoghasfleez - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      LOL

  13. mrbiz8505 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Because while D Rose was rehabbing…….. Bynum was on a bum knee bowling and carrying women on his back….

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      flamenco dancing. he never even updated his own website all year to show that he was a sixer. it still said lakers

  14. marcusfitzhugh - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Dallas has nothing to lose (except cash) by signing Bynum. Right now, they’re too good to build through the draft, but not good enough to go anywhere in the playoffs. Offering Bynum a 3 year/MAX contract with a team option on the last year sounds OK to me (especially since I’m not a Dallas fan and it’s Cuban’s money).

    Looking at the best case/worst case scenarios –

    Year 1: If Bynum plays well, Dallas looks like the smartest team in the league. If he stinks, there will be 50 excuses as to why – so it’s on to year two in either case.

    Year 2: If Bynum played well in season 1, and he does it again in year 2, Dallas looks like the smartest team in the league AGAIN. If he stunk in season 1 and plays well in season 2, Dallas looks like the smartest team in the league for taking a lousy player and bringing him back.

    If Bynum plays well in season 1 and stinks in season 2, Dallas is in the driver’s seat and can decide if they want to take a chance on the option year. If he stinks BOTH years Dallas can let him go.

    If Dallas doesn’t sign him, what do they have to offer fans? A promise that they won’t be excluded from the next chance at signing a free agent?

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Good luck with that

  15. jammer73 - Jul 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Bynum is a bonafide stiff. He’s done. He’ll continue to be injured and resume his lazy ways. Total loser!

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