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Andrew Bynum learning the market for his services isn’t that strong

Jan 13, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT

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Andrew Bynum missed all of last season in Philadelphia — well, basketball season, he got some bowling in. He got into 24 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season but saw his minutes dwindle as he is shooting just 41.9 percent and his rebounding percentage dropped. He was average on the court, at best. Combine that with the fact his reputation around the league is he doesn’t love the game and doesn’t work hard enough to play through his knee issues, and nobody thought there was going to be much of a market for the big man.

Well, except Bynum. Apparently.

He has always been a guy really driven by the dollar (and whatever he found interesting at that moment, which was not always basketball) and after losing $6 million in salary this season when he was traded to Chicago and promptly waived, he wants to recoup some of that “lost” money. He wants more than the minimum.

But Bynum is discovering the market for him is just not strong anymore, reported Marc Stein at ESPN.

Teams with a known interest, sources said, include Dallas and New York, but both of those suitors, like the Clippers, are restricted to offering a minimum salary. Bynum, meanwhile, is said to be looking for an offer above the league minimum to recoup more of the $6 million he lost when Chicago waived Bynum immediately Tuesday after acquiring him in a trade for Luol Deng

The Miami Heat were widely considered co-favorites in the Bynum hunt — along with the Clippers — as soon as the injury-riddled big man became a free agent. Miami still has its taxpayer midlevel exception of nearly $3.2 million available to chase Bynum, but how much of that the Heat are willing to spend is another source of uncertainty given their luxury-tax situation.

I think the early leaks of the Heat and Clippers as frontrunners came more from the wishful thinking of Bynum’s camp than reality. The Clippers need frontcourt depth but can only offer the minimum and are leaning away from going after Bynum anyway, Stein reports. Same with the Hawks and Nets (two other teams that could use another big).

Portland, another team who might want to add a big, also is not interested, reports Chris Haynes at

Indiana is has reached out, but their interest only seems to be in trying to keep him out of Miami. The Heat have to think about size and depth going up against Roy Hibbert and the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals (that meeting seems all but inevitable) however they already have Chris Andersen and Greg Oden on the roster. Bynum has been better than Oden (and more durable, such as it is) but the Heat have to wonder if it’s worth the risk.

All of which is to say, there just isn’t that much of a market for Bynum. As he is finding out.

  1. spthegr8 - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    & why would it be..???? I know he is 7ft tall but if you can’t tell by now, big Drew is DONE!!!! He doesn’t care in anymore. I don’t know if he ever really cared. He isn’t a good teamate, he has NO work ethic and his knee’s are SHOT!! I’ve said it on here before but he doesn’t like basketball. It would be a dream for most people to get too do what he does for a living and to him, it’s a normal 9 to 5 that he dread’s going to everyday. Which BLOWS!!! It’s painfully obvious that he is done. If you can’t tell, than your not looking hard enough. Just Saying”!!! It’s really a shame tho. He could have been great!!!

    • borderline1988 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      He dreads the 9 to 5 part, but man he loves the money. So he’s willing to pretend for anyone that he actually cares, as long as you give him a paycheck fitting for a 7-foot NBA player with skill.

    • therealhtj - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Bynum was never going to play for the minimum and no one was ever going to offer any more.

      Doesn’t seem the type to blow through all his money, so unless he does, it sounds like it’s the last we’ll see of Andrew Bynum.

      • kinggw - Jan 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        As was previously mentioned Bynum is 7 feet tall, skilled, and only 26 years old. He’s not done unless he wants to be. If guys like Ronny Turiaf can stay in the league for almost decade without having any discernible talent other than being 6’10 or taller, a GM will give Bynum a shot whether its this year, next year or the year after that.

        He won’t get more than the minimum until he’s proven he worth the investment, but he will garner another opportunity should he so desire.

      • ranfan12 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        That gay collins guy sucked too, and his stats are even worse for the 13 years he’s been in the leage

  2. scoutmvp - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Reblogged this on GM's and AD's and commented:
    And why would they be? This young man obviously has many issues both on the court and off. Basketball to me is not this young mans first priority,I can not see him ever helping a team more than his potential to possibly destroy a coach and a team.

  3. woodrree7 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    This guy is a B-U-S-T!!! He hasn’t done anything EVER!!! He’s a broken down big man and isn’t worth anyone’s time.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      No, a bust is a guy like Michael Olowokandi or Tyrus Thomas. Bynum is a disappointment, but he’s not a bust.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      His stats are better than Kwame Brown’s, who was a first overall pick

    • jkmcgruder - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      woodree7…….What games have you been watching. Bynum is still in the top 5 centers in the NBA….Even if he can’t jump anymore…… it’s call skills. Who in the hell wants to playing for the Cav’s. If he gets 20 shots every game he will make at least 12 to 14 of them.

  4. antistratfordian - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    He could still play practically whereever he wants though – he just has to make peace with the minimum.

    • savvybynature - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Except for all those teams mentioned in the article that aren’t interested, and any young and/or rebuilding team, and any team that puts stock in team chemistry.
      Other than those teams though, yeah, he can play wherever he wants.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Look… this league has a center shortage. Bynum is 7’0 290 (enormous) and can give you minutes. The cause for pause is his asking price – if he said he’d play for the minimum he could go to any one of those teams.

        None of the GMs in the league are as virtuous as you’re hoping.

      • savvybynature - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        I see what you’re saying but the “center shortage” thing is overhyped.
        It has more to do with rule changes (zone defense is allowed, but hand checking is not which makes it easier for perimeter players to drive to the basket) and the evolution of the league as a response (more motion on offense to counter the weakside zone concepts made popular by Thibs, and more stretch and pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop bigs to keep the lane clear for drivers). It’s not a shortage of certain types of people.
        Centers are used nowadays as rim protectors more than as dominant, post-up offensive players. True big men just aren’t the high priority for teams that they once were.

  5. brucster - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    What services ?

  6. machine64red2 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    apparently all of the coaches are wising up, hide your wife!!

  7. skids003 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    I didn’t know services were high for anyone who produced nothing. A check for doing nothing? Yes, there are jobs like that in America.

  8. zerole00 - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    “He has always been a guy really driven by the dollar (and whatever he found interesting at that moment, which was not always basketball) and after losing $6 million in salary this season when he was traded to Chicago and promptly waived, he wants to recoup some of that “lost” money.”

    You can’t lose what you never earned.

  9. chargerdillon - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Pretty sad when a 2 time champion can be so immature no team wants him around.

    Just shows how good Phil Jackson really is, he turned a guy nobody wants into a champion.

    • kslay11 - Jan 14, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      He’s now a guy nobody wants. He was on his way to being an elite center before his goals (winning a championship) were accomplished before he had really worked for it. His knees giving out just illuminated his lack of drive. Now he clearly feels entitled when he was blessed to be on a team with Pau in his prime, Kobe, and Phil, and didn’t have to work very hard to reach the pinnacle of the NBA. It just shows how impressive people like Kobe and LeBron are, reaching such heights of greatness but always working as hard as the first day they entered the league, if not harder.

  10. miamatt - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    It’s funny how the Heat keep getting mentioned as the “front runner” for Bynum when they have shown exactly zip, zero, zilch, nada interest in him. Even Bynum’s agent has admitted he has not heard from the Heat.

    Pure fantasy world stuff from Mr. Bynum.

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