It was said that Andrew Bynum would be a wanted man if he ever hit the open market. Eight teams “showed” interest in the 26-year-old center. That has quickly simmered down, it appears.
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the market for Bynum is drying up. Fast.
The 26-year-old became a free agent Thursday night after clearing waivers, but the latest rumblings on the league’s personnel grapevine suggest that more teams are backing away from the idea as opposed to gambling on the talented but undependable 7-footer. Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that the Los Angeles Clippers, long presumed to be one of Bynum’s primary suitors, are leaning against the prospect of signing the enigmatic former Los Angeles Laker. ESPN.com reported Thursday that the Brooklyn Nets (after losing Brook Lopez) and Atlanta Hawks (after losing Al Horford) were likewise planning to pass on the idea despite their clear need at center, with sources subsequently adding that the Oklahoma City Thunder are not preparing a bid on Bynum in the wake of the recent trade that shed the contract of Ryan Gomes to take the Thunder nearly $2.3 million away from the luxury-tax threshold.
Does that just leave the Miami Heat? Currently the Heat no extra roster spots open. Granted, they could probably easily make room for him, but why would you want to waive or trade someone, whom you feel is valuable, for a player that will last this season, at best. I understand the whole “rental” thing, but isn’t that what they’re doing with Greg Oden? I just don’t see it.
What if Bynum doesn’t get signed this season? Will that be the last that we see of him in the League? How unfortunate would that be?
At one point, some argued that Bynum was amongst the best centers in the NBA. Now, he’s just trying to get picked-up by a team in late-January.