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Agent for Andrew Bynum: ‘If he’s healthy, Phil Jackson will be interested’

Jul 19, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum tried to make his NBA comeback last season with both Cleveland and Indiana, following a year of rehabilitation while technically employed by the Sixers.

Bynum appeared in 24 games for the Cavaliers, before unprofessionalism got the better of him and he was eventually kept away from all team activities. He was then traded to Chicago in the deal that brought Luol Deng to Cleveland, but the Bulls were only interested in salary cap relief, and Bynum was waived shortly thereafter.

The Pacer took a chance on Bynum as a form of insurance for their postseason run, but his continual knee issues kept him off the court for all but two appearances, and the team and Bynum eventually parted ways a couple of weeks after the playoffs began.

Bynum won’t be of any use to anyone until he gets right physically, and he intends to take next season off in order to try to do that. But if and when he’s able to return, a natural landing place for him might just be with Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The 7-foot Bynum may not be reuniting with Phil Jackson’s Knicks or any other team next season because he is seriously contemplating sitting out 2014-15 to undergo the Germany-based knee therapy called “The Regenokine Program’’ that would require an extra long rehab, according to his agent David Lee. But he could be in play for the following season. …

“If he’s healthy, Phil will be interested,’’ Lee told The Post. “Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously.’’ …

“He would be looking at in a longer-term situation,’’ Lee said. “He’s still a baby. If he went to college, he’d be coming off his rookie contract at age 26.’’

Bynum will continue to intrigue teams because of his sheer physical presence, the same way Greg Oden got another shot with Miami last season after years of being unable to play. But he hasn’t been able to contribute meaningful minutes over the course of a season since 2012, and the further away we get from what was his best season as a pro, the less likely it seems he’ll be able to regain that form — whether with Jackson and the Knicks, or anywhere else.

  1. mungman69 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    I wouldn’t trust Andrew Bynam’s knees at all. He isn’t getting any younger either. Watch out Phil, trouble is right around the corner.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      But the Greg Oden experiment worked out so well this year for the Heat. He put them on his back and dragged them to a finals appearance. What’s the problem?

  2. jacobk621 - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    I wouldn’t come near him with a 50 ft pole !!!

    • redbaronx - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      @jacobk621 – This is just the agent trying to drum up interest. Fact is he’s never healthy or particularly motivated. I doubt Jackson would make a move on him.

  3. chiadam - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Oh, Phil. Knicks fans are in trouble.

  4. rrhoe - Jul 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Bynum hasn’t played much in the last 2-3 yrs and I can only imagine what his conditioning is like right about now,but as his few games with IND showed the guy can play,when he wants too. I wish him well,but I live in Philly and he set the Sixers back years,but some team will give him a chance,sadly.

  5. p31squared - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    He looked great in the two games he played for Indy. The problem was, he could only play in two games for Indy …

  6. fordmandalay - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    The way the Lakers have been going, I expect Kupchak to offer him a 3 year, $21 million deal any day.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      He’s not a PF. Lakers are trying to sign every available PF in free agency (and not PF/Cs either, just straight PFs).

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        Doesn’t look good for the Lakers getting Kevin Love.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Not having an Andrew Wiggins or a Klay Thompson to offer back doomed us from jump street.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

        Maybe all those guys form together to make a Love! Kelly for the K Love-esque 3 ball, Hill for the rebounding, Davis for the potential, Boozer for for the no D, Randle for the zero playoffs games played.

  7. patfic5 - Jul 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Go away, Andrew. Some fool will, but no one should give this bum a second look.

  8. SBoy - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    On a veteran minimum contract with low expectations are far as minutes per game, he MIGHT be worth after a year of rehab. Phil, looking at Odom didn’t work but didn’t hurt either.

    • mogogo1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Some huge differences between signing Bynum and the Lamar Odom deal. They picked up Odom with a game to go in a lost season–zero risk there. Regardless when exactly they signed Bynum he’d be expected to contribute. It wouldn’t be a deal like the Heat signing Greg Oden where they knew they were contenders with or without him, the Knicks need lots of help and they need it now. Throw in the fact Bynum’s picked up the rep the last few years of not wanting to work and you have a nightmare for a team trying to change their image of being underperformers.

  9. sfm073 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    The guy needs to have the surgery and then retire so he can live a normal life. Basketball never seemed all that important to him to begin with.

  10. tampajoey - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I would trust Andrew Bynum’s knees before I’d trust his heart… and I wouldn’t trust his knees at all.

  11. therealhtj - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Seems like a smart play by the Bynum camp, but they never did have any problems figuring out how to get paid.

    Spending a couple hundred grand for the therapy to even land a mil + on a vet’s minimum deal seems like a sound investment. It’s not like Bynum has any other income opportunities.

  12. brookwell2013 - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Lee represents 2 players (Andrew Bynum and Trevor Ariza) and only Ariza is signed. This story is ridiculous. Lee put it out there that “Phil would be interested.” Phil never said anything, the Knicks never said anything, and Bynum is done. This was a pathetic attempt by Lee to get Bynum’s name out there. Lee notoriously called Dr. Buss’ bluff years ago during contract negotiations with the Lakers on a deal for Ariza and surprise, surprise got hammered when Buss signed Meta WP and not Ariza.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Well teamd keep paying thjs fool, so either GMs are really dumb or his agent can sale.

  13. rushbacker - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Please. Just a pathetic propaganda attempt by the agent. They don’t call PJ the Zen Master because he’s stupid. Bynum has gotten his last cent from the L. That cow’s been milked dry. Guess you gotta do what you can when you only have two clients, though.

  14. mackcarrington - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Comparing Oden to Bynum is stupid. Oden only has bad knees. Bynum has bad knees and is an immature idiot.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      You’re right. That is stupid. Bynum has done much more then Oden can ever dream about, including being a key player on multiple championship teams and actually being useful for a handful of seasons. Can’t compare Oden to Bynum.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 19, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        Oden couldn’t help that his knees are bad. He had no control over that.
        Bynum had control over whacking JJ Berea with a cheap foul. He had control over ripping his jersey off after whacking Berea with a cheap foul. Bynum had control of taking ill-advised 3 point shots. He had control of saying he would continue to take ill-advised 3 point shots. Sure, Bynum was useful for a handful of seasons until people began to realize that he had head problems. But right now…right now… you would prefer Bynum over Oden?

      • mogogo1 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Oden is solid guy who the Heat knew wouldn’t be any problem even if he couldn’t play. Bynum has the rep of being lazy and troublesome which isn’t what you want on a team trying to turn things around. There are lots of guys who played key roles on championship teams years ago before they got old and hurt, but that doesn’t help the Knicks today. If it would, I’d advocate them signing Kareem Abdul Jabbar or Bynum.

  15. ranfan12 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    time to jack up 3s again LOL

  16. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Do they mean physically or mentally ready?

  17. smackingfools - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Sad thing is his knees might be the least of his problems. And by the way. Phil Jackson… Most overreacted coach in basketball history.

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Yeah, Bynum’s attitude is also a huge issue.

  18. fbwangus8736 - Jul 19, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    If healthy? Breaking news Andrew Bynum will not be playing in the NBA in 2015 or ever! I remember the report when the Mavericks had Him in before last off season for a workout. Knew He wasn’t going to be signed when He couldn’t go down a flight of 4 steps to the practice court.

  19. shutmdownd - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    He should see a heart doctor while he’s over there…

  20. AZ Dem - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    The agent is merely planting a seed. He’s trying to let people know that Bynum is taking this seriously. Also, that he fully intends to play in 15-16. He wants to get healthy, he wants to be a significant contributor for a winning franchise. No big deal.

  21. fanofthegame1 - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Question is: Can Phil keep him away from bowling alleys?

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