Bynum Drawing Interest From Several Teams
Senior NBA & College Basketball Editor
Follow @Yannis KoutroupisYannis Koutroupis
There will be no shortage of interest in unrestricted free agent center Andrew Bynum once teams are allowed to contact free agents at 12:01 a.m. EST tonight, according to sources close to the situation.
The source specifically mentioned the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers as two teams expected to reach out to Bynum along with all of the franchises with cap space that are pursuing center Dwight Howard. Howard is set to meet with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Of those five, the Hawks, Mavericks and Rockets have the necessary space under the cap to make a max, or near max, offer without needing to do a sign-and-trade.
Bynum missed all of the 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers due to persistent knee trouble. However, his camp is confident in his recovery and went on the record stating that they expect him to be ready for the start of training camp.
When healthy, Bynum is one of the league’s premier centers and worth a fully-guaranteed max contract. Unfortunately, though, consistent knee trouble has hampered him throughout his career. Missing all of last season seriously damaged his chances at receiving that fully-guaranteed max contract, but after Howard signs, Bynum will be the most talented center on the market. It’s unknown what kind of offers he’ll receive yet, but he’s still lined up to receive a pretty nice payday, as long as his knee really does check out.
With a new regime in place and Nerlens Noel recently added to the roster, Philadelphia doesn’t seem to have any interest in re-signing Bynum. However, the market for Bynum could expand if the 76ers are willing to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal.
via Yannis Koutroupis – HOOPSWORLD