Andrew Bynum may not want to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that doesn’t mean he won’t want to play for a contending team — such as the Los Angeles Clippers or the Miami Heat.
And it appears that he could sign with a new club sooner than you think.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported on Wednesday that eight teams are reportedly interested in the 7-footer’s services. In Broussard’s report, people close to Bynum have said that the three biggest keys to signing the big man will be playing time, contender status and money. Of course.
That would appear to rule out the Dallas Mavericks, who took a long look at Bynum in the summer and who, according to Stein Line Live sources, are among the eight teams that have registered interest in Bynum this week. The Mavs only have the league minimum to offer; Bynum’s camp clearly believes it can get more.
The two-time champs from Miami, who’ve been widely presumed to be interested from the moment it became apparent right after Christmas that Bynum’s time in Cleveland was coming to an end, still have mid-level exception money to spend if the Heat are inclined to add a second reclamation project to their center rotation alongside Greg Oden.
Other top contenders with mid-level money still available to spend, for the record, include Indiana and Oklahoma City.
The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, are the other team frequently mentioned along with Miami as Bynum’s foremost suitors. The Clips, though, share the same problem as Dallas in terms of limited funds to offer.
Broussard indicated that Bynum could choose his next destination as early as Friday.