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Andrew Bynum wants to play for the Lakers

Jun 5, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum’s NBA career might have already ended.

Chronic knee problems have rendered him unplayable. A member of four teams (76ers, Cavaliers Bulls and Pacers) the last two seasons, Bynum has played just 26 games. And he can be a real nuisance.

But he’s still a 26-year-old 7-footer with All-Star experience. Teams will look for reasons to justify signing him. They might not find enough, but they’ll look.

The Knicks, with Phil Jackson and little flexibility to pursue stars in their prime, are the most obvious suitor. They sought his services during the season – before hiring Jackson, but while consulting him on their moves in case he took the job.

If New York is still interested in Bynum, he might sign there. That’s not clear.

What is clear: Bynum would enjoy playing for the Lakers, with whom he had his initial NBA success.

TMZ posted of a video of Bynum.

  • Paparazzo: “Where are you hoping to land?”
  • Bynum: “I don’t know.” (inaudible)
  • Paparazzo: “Your home is in L.A. Would you like to come back to L.A. or what?”
  • Bynum: “That would be great. Come back home.”
  • Paparazzo: “Clippers or Lakes?”
  • Bynum: “Lakers”
  • Paparazzo: “You’d rather be with the Lakers?”
  • Bynum: “Yup.”

Those are some leading questions, somewhat diminishing the value of Bynum’s answers.

But many free agents refuse to go on the record at all about preferred destinations. That Bynum said he wants to play for the Lakers, even when asked specifically about them, says something. How his face lights up when answering that question – he was mostly and appropriately dismissive of the paparazzo – says a little more.

Of course, the Lakers have a large say in this. They reportedly discussed trading for Bynum during the season, but that was to waive him and get financial relief. Signing him to play is a whole other story.

The Lakers are in a state of flux, and choosing a coach is a bigger priority. But if the new coach believes Bynum fits, the Lakers should take a look. It probably ends with them passing, but Bynum is too young and talented to fall completely off the radar.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Maybe Phil Jackson will sign him. I mean he already signed Lamar Odom. What a pathetic franchise.

    • teabone413 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      are you still talking your nonsense?

      • money2long - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Stop responding to it.

  2. simoneauchristopher5 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    His knees are done. He is trying to get as much $$ as possible before everyone gives up on him. He’ll probably sign w/a couple more suckers, make a few million, & then in 15 years we’ll read about him being bankrupt.

    • miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      Why do we always have to be so negative? Has social media developed a “Hateful” generation? We don’t realize that our comments are our thoughts. It’s an open diary. And some of our opinions make us look ignorant, shameless, and I can’t stand this word, but a Hater as well.

      • misremembered72 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        that comment isn’t hateful. Bynum is known to act childish, be a bit of a partyer (neighbors sued him) and he has an extensive car collection. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he goes broke

      • loubearkane - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        I agree with miamiHeatles

        Not about this comment but in general everyone try’s to find ways to tear things down instead of building them up.

      • miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        @Misremembered I just meant in general. @Lou thanks man. I just see all negativity these days on social media and open forums.

      • spursareold - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        Truths aren’t always positive.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        @louberkane, it would be nice if he gave us a reason to like him.

        I don’t hate him. I appreciate his basketball talent and what he did for the Lakers. But he’s done nothing to contradict the general consensus on him.

  3. miamiHeatlesnotBeatles - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I would take a chance on him. He would have to sign for the minimum. though. That way if he doesn’t stay healthy, it doesn’t have too much of an impact on cap space.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      You would take a chance on a guy who’s been kicked off of three teams in the past 12 years… has been a poison in the locker rooms including shooting every time he touches the ball in practice? You REALLY want that guy on your 2015 Heat team?

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      *12 months

  4. loubearkane - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Bynum has always been a knucklehead but hate to see someone’s career end over injury , if he can get healthy he can be a presence in someone’s front court. If I was Phil Jackson I would sign him , why not , get your medical staff to look at his knees see if their is any hope for him. Knicks don’t have the luxury of being picky.

  5. roseann894 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    “Maybe Phil Jackson will sign him..” Yes, but only after Phil returns to the Lakers which I expect any week now.

  6. metalhead65 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    anyone who signs this clown even for the min. deserves what happens next and then some. there is no doubt the guy has talent but he can’t stay on the court because his knees are shot and he is a head case when he is able to play. look at his track record since he left the lakers, pretty much stole a years salary from the sixers and was a disruption with the cavs when he was able to play. they got rid of him and the bulls paid him not to come near them. the pacers took a chance on him and he looked good in the 2 games he played but his knees could not hold up and he was done for the season. a million bucks is great for 2 games but any team that signs him for more than the min. is asking for trouble and will deserve what they get. just because he wants to play does not mean teams have to sign him or if they do give him what he wants.

  7. kastout11 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    There is no way I would sign him. He is done. How many games has he played in the last 2 years? He is trying to get as much money as he can until the entire NBA gives up on him. If you sign him, he will sit and you will have to pay him, even though he will not be playing.

  8. hwatt - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    oh wow this is such a non-story. He was shootin the breeze with a paparazzi. That’s like me saying off the cuff ‘y’know a driving a lambo would be really good right now’. and then ppl with too much time on their hands and too little sense go running around saying how I’m preparing to buy a lambo this year.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Well… except for the fact that you could never afford a car, while Bynum could land on an NBA team next year.

  9. loungefly74 - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    AB is toast…and that is unfortunate but almost all of it was his own un-doing.

  10. imakcds - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    The Lakers know his knees are gone, and those bad knees FORCED the Lakers to gamble on Dwight.
    Don’t see any way at all that he returns to the Lakers.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      @imakcds, It sounds like you are on an Apology Tour for Mitch Kupchak & Jim Buss.

  11. tampajoey - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    I wouldn’t wish Andrew Bynum on the Miami Heat (and I hate the Heat).

  12. campcouch - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Bynum is pretty funny.

  13. patrickla818 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    AB had his time, albeit a short one. He was a 17yo w little experience and Lakers took a chance and for a couple of seasons, with help from Kareem, he was most talented C in the NBA. I still remember him shouting for the ball after he was schooled by Shaq in a game early in his career and proceeded to wow the crowd with a spin and duck that even had Shaq amazed.

    Too bad it ended so badly, but he did make millions.

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