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Reports: Eight teams reach out to Andrew Bynum; Heat, Clippers at top of list

Jan 8, 2014, 11:39 AM EDT

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No, Andrew Bynum’s basketball career is not over — NBA big men with skills get more comeback chances than Brett Favre.

Bynum was traded from Cleveland to Chicago for Luol Deng and the Bulls instantly waived him in a salary dump.

When Bynum clears waivers Thursday eight teams will be lined up to take a shot at him, tweets Chris Broussard of ESPN. He’ll want more than just a minimum salary for the rest of this year, or he’ll want additional years, but how much teams really will give him based on his history and his knees remain to be seen. If he wants to play on a contender he will have to play for the minimum, but money has always motivated Bynum more than basketball factors and he could go elsewhere for more.

Still good teams can use him — both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are interested and they both are at the top of Bynum’s list, reports Sean Deveney at the Sporting News.

That makes sense as both of those teams could use big men depth up front. The Heat know they need size seeing a looming Eastern Conference Finals showdown with the Pacers. The Clippers are giving a good chunk of minutes nightly to Antawn Jamison and Ryan Hollins — for all of Bynum’s flaws (he has not looked like his vintage self this season, showing slow defensive rotations) he is an upgrade over those guys.

Among the other teams expected to be interested are the Brooklyn Nets, and there are mixed signals about the level of interest from the Knicks. Still, both New York teams could use front line help but both could only offer the league minimum. Dallas has reached out, reports Marc Stein of ESPN, but again they only can offer the minimum.

Wherever he lands there should not be much expected from him in terms of playing time — 15 minutes a night at best, all off the bench. In that setting on a contending team with a strong locker room (guys who can push him to bring his best effort nightly, as much as anyone can) Bynum could be an asset. Not one worth the $6.2 million left on the rest of his contract this season (nobody is claiming him off waivers) but one who has value at a more reasonable price.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    I hope he can get a 5 year deal.
    I love his hair style, it is wonderful.

    • katra2logic - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      @fanofevilempire –> I precede such statements with [Sarcasm Alert]: Some of us can ‘hear’ the inflection in your tone, obviously some don’t. Cheers :-)

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      I hope the Knicks sign him for that 5 yr deal evil.

  2. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Seriously if Pat Riley can get this guy…best GM ever man lol

    I dont think character will be an issue if he comes to miami….he’ll have no choice but to fall in line

    however ALL HE WILL GET IS THE MINIMUM with us..

    • therealhtj - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Anyone thinking you’ll get something from Andrew Bynum for a minimum contract clearly isn’tpaying attention. He couldn’t get inspired to collect another 6 mil from Cleveland, and you think he’ll sign for a minimum deal somewhere? You’re kidding yourselves.

      That freshly minted 5 mil injury exception the Nets just got seems like just the right fit for Bynum’s talents. Sounds like just the type of compounding mistake these Nets are good for.

      $500K? Minimum deal? Bynum ain’t getting out of bed for that.

      • zeedoubleyou - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM

        The Nets would incur $20 million in additional luxury tax if they use the exemption. Even Russian Mark Cuban will balk at that for Bynum.

        He’s going to the Clippers or Heat on a 1 year deal and then will get overpaid next offseason by one of the few dumb GM’s left in the league.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM

        again that is why i “joked” about riley being the greatest GM, if he can convince bynum to come for the be honest thats all we can afford, so i we are at the top of HIS list, he should already know this too

    • Gordon - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      How the hell do you know how much the Heat will offer? Oh wait, you said “us”, so you must be in the front office. Never mind.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        its the fact that we are already over the limit and all we can offer is the minimum

        I know because I READ lol any other questions??

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        also i said “us” because that happens to be my favorite know its what EVERY fan says lol

      • Gordon - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        No more questions lol

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      so if Pat Riley can get Bynum he will rub the magical Heat potion
      on his knees and he will be fixed, good luck with that.
      did you guys fix Curry yet?
      how is the potion working for Oden?

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        well curry has a ring so i guess the potion worked well enough lol

  3. odenxx - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    I bet he lands in NY,reports were that his mom was sick and she is in NJ.he can be next to mom and play ball,no more emotional problems .plus he doesn’t care about getting another ring.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    He should just say eff it and go to the Bobcats.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Yeah, good idea! I might actually go to a couple games to see the twin towers of Al Jefferson & Andrew Bynum. Then again… we’d probably still stink. And I’m not sure you can call it twin towers if the two guys are wider than they are tall.

      • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:51 AM

        not sure you want to build a tower with bynum’s knees

  5. shaggytoodle - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I laugh because I remember when there was talk of him being the next dominant true center, Which haven’t been easy to find for the past 10-15 years.

    • topdawg4ever - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      That’s why all these teams seem to be ignoring all the giant warning signs on this guy. Seriously, is he really worth the trouble? NO.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I don’t think anybody is ignoring the warning signs; they are just trying to get a good deal on a 7-footer. After screwing up his latest contract, which was already laced with opt-outs and conditions, Bynum doesn’t stand a chance of getting a multi-year deal. At best he’ll get signed for 2-years with a team option after this season… but his best bet is probably to take a minimum deal with Miami and play his way into a contract somewhere else next year.

  6. knowthefacts215 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    I would never pay 6 plus million for a giant sloppy terd that can’t be flushed

  7. cbwv1974 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

    Mr. Riley better keep his wife away from the practice facility

  8. metalhead65 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    and people wonder why there are players like him still playing. let’s see he can’t offer you more than 15 min. a game if he feels like it but let’s give him 5 million a year anyway. I hope whoever does sign him for more than the min. sees their playoff hopes crash and burn right away.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      you need a hug man.

  9. doubledown44 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    The problem with Bynum and where he is at this this stage is that there are just to many “if …, then …” scenarios with him. The idea of bringing him off the bench for 15 minutes sounds great in theory. However, IF you bring him off the bench, THEN he will pout about not being a starter. IF you don’t play him enough, THEN he will start to complain because he isn’t getting enough minutes to justify all of the work he is putting in just to get out there. IF you play him a lot, THEN he will get slower and slower as the game goes on and cause your offense to become stagnate and you will have almost no chance on fast break defense. IF he is forced to cover a center with any mobility, THEN he has no chance to stay with his man. He can only guard within a few feet of the basket. If you feed him the ball down low on offense, THEN he will dribble a few times and chuck it at the basket (and miss way more often than he hits). I can go on on, but I’m sure you get the idea.

    As a Cavs fan, I really wanted it to work, but it just never did. I think it was worth the attempt, but he brings negative value at this point (on and off the court). Having said all of this, I still fully understand why another team will give him a chance. If he had done everything he did this season for another team and the Cavs had a chance to sign him, I’m sure I’d be all for it. And some fanbase is going to get him and try to convince themselves that it’s a great risk and it will work out for them. It won’t, but I get it.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      I said the same thing about michael beasley..and he is now balling off the bench.. i honestly feel like our veteran core will get him in line..who did he have to respect in philly and cleveland?

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      IF the Heat pick him up, THEN he will be asked to guard another center with mobility issues (Hibbert). That’s the only center the Heat fear. Besides, in the playoffs, when the pace slows down considerably, he’ll fit better. And if you allow Chris Bosh to play his natural position, he’ll be the stretch 4 the Heat want. Allen, Wade, James, Bosh, Bynum doesn’t sound like a bad starting 5. And that adds even more depth to the Heat rotation. And 1heatedtoombrayduh is right – who did Bynum respect in Philly and Cleveland? At least with the Lakers, he had some people to keep him in line – similar to the players in Miami.

      • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        thats the same thing im saying thumbs up from me

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        you guys keep saying ” if ” and you are not saying he has ” it ”
        you need ” it ” not ” if “.

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        No, it was an “if/then” argument. “It” does not belong.

  10. ljl2 - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    Seriously… Did ANYONE watch him play?

    • brookwell2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      i did. I watched a half dozen times when he played. He certainly was much, much less effective than his best chanmpionship year with Lakers. He was very slow on his rotations defensively and he just looked like he had no lift at all around the basket. He also seemed to labor getting up and down the court. As some of the other fellas have commented here, I understand why other GM’s may take a shot but it really looks to me that he’s done.

  11. dolphindubs - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Can Miami even sign him? I think Beasley and Mason Jr.’s contracts became guaranteed for the year as of yesterday meaning they have their 15 man roster locked up.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      I think the Heat would cut someone like Joel Anthony – freeing up the roster spot.

      • bougin89 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Anthony is due 3.8 million this year and next year. Heat will try to trade him as an expiring contract next year if anything. Very, very unlikely he just gets cut due to his contract.

  12. loungefly74 - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    (selfishly says as a Laker fan…) glad the Lakers were able to milk him for all he was worth.

    • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      phil jackson is the man

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      The Lakers didn’t milk him for all he was worth. It was simply his first few years in the league and all young players have to try in order to get the big bucks.

      You made it sound like it was the Lakers who did something.

      It was that it was his first yrs in the league and he would have played hard regardless of the team he was on.

      Some don’t care at all. He does like money and tried hard to get it and now he has it.

      • bougin89 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        This is not true. The Lakers did milk everything out of him figuratively speaking. They got all Bynum had before his knees were totally shot. You really think if Bynum’s knees could play he would have sat out last year in a contract year. If he would have played close to what he did two years ago last year he would have gotten another max contract…

        The Lakers were probably more lucky than anything but they did get everything out of Bynum before he was basically done as a player.

      • loungefly74 - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        slamdunk, bougin89 .

  13. tampajoey - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I hope Miami signs him. Because I hate the Heat, they should sign Dennis Rodman too.

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      who is your team?

    • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      how about seeing what miley cyrus can do while you’re at it

  14. csbanter - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    if D12 from Houston had a quarter of an offensive game like Bynum he’d be legendary. Bynum is not a ring chaser so Miami is out. He might want to stick it to the Lakers though

  15. knowthefacts215 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Who would want to sign a 6 million dollar terd who wines and complains, give it to me I won’t complain

  16. mogogo1 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    If the Heat are truly interested it makes you wonder whether Oden is ever going to be able to play. I thought word was he had upped his workouts and was getting close, but nobody lets Bynum within 100 miles of their team if they think Oden is going to be healthy.

  17. zerole00 - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Bynum’s chasing money, not rings or legacy.

  18. yuwannano - Jan 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    The man CLEARLY doesn’t like playing so why are these teams even bothering?

    • spursareold - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM


      • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

        7 feet and there’s a chance he wakes up and cares. total crapshoot

    • zerole00 - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      They’re trying to take the gamble on whether his natural talent (see: height) will offset his lack of passion for the game. The Sixers and Cavs have both lost that gamble so far, I’m curious to see whose stepping up to the table next.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jan 8, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        The Wolves and the Suns both lost the gamble on Michael Beasley, and Beasley is now a solid rotation player for the Heat. I’m missing the Heat’s angle in leaking any interest in Bynum to the media, assuming they have interest, but if Riles and the players he would involve in the decision want to go for it, they would be risking very little.

        10-15 minutes from Bynum and 10-15 minutes from Oden – for a total of one game, maybe, but when all it costs is Joel Anthony and a few mil to take the chance, the possible payoff has some appeal.

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:21 AM

      But the man CLEARLY likes money and for him to get said money, he’s going to have to actually play at some point or the money dries up.

      Some team is hoping to meet him at that intersection (where he HAS to play in order to get more money).

      Also, it depends on the team, their construction etc… He is not a fit for all teams.

      Is it a gamble? Of course it is.

  19. ufools - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Yep….just what Miami needs….another lazy, hurt and slow 7’er that has no reasonable expectation of quality minutes.

    Go ahead Miami….

  20. ghelton03 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Part of me is saying “anyone but the Heat”. But, on the other hand Anderson brings so much energy and is playing so unselfishly that Bynum taking time away from Anderson would be a good thing to anyone who hates the Heat.

    • miamatt - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Birdman wouldn’t be losing any minutes to Bynum. More like Bynum would get minutes when Birdman was on the bench and Spoelstra wanted to keep Bosh at the 4. Bird usually only plays 15-20 minutes a night as is.

      I still doubt very much Bynum to Miami happens.

      • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        bynum is better than birdman

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:27 AM

        Alright money, I’m with you on THIS one. Let’s go to war, start swinging…….

        ANDREW BYNUM IS BETTER THEN BIRDMAN. This is not even debatable.

      • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:09 PM


  21. nickfolesisgarbage - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Heat fans bandwagon lol I’ll just become a heat fan Hadassah lmao

  22. obmig - Jan 8, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    He is worthless and doesn’t even want to play. Retire big man, you are young and rich.

    • money2long - Jan 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      bynum did a lil famenco dance outside his mailbox every time he got a check for not much work

  23. beavertonsteve - Jan 9, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    If the Nets sign him he is basically the miniatuare giraffe from the Oppulence I has It commercial.

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