NBA Rumors: Eight Teams Pursuing Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum rumors

New Orleans, LA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (21) against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second quarter of a game at New Orleans Arena. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After being traded from Cleveland for Luol Deng, Andrew Bynum has since been cut by the Chicago Bulls. And according to reports, the center is being courted by eight different teams.

Bynum will clear waivers on Thursday, then have his pick of his next destination. According to ESPN, the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are the two most interested teams, and that playing time, contender status, and salary will all factor into Bynum’s decision.

Miami  underwent a big-man experiment with oft-injured Greg Oden, but the former No. 1 draft pick has yet to appear in a game this season. The Clips need help up front, as they have relied on the likes of Ryan Hollins, Antwan Jamison, and Byron Mullens. Though the Los Angeles Times suggests the team is skeptical about signing Bynum given his track record.

In addition to Miami and Los Angeles, both struggling New York teams — the Knicks and Nets — are expected to show interest. Both teams are in need of frontcourt help, as Brook Lopez has underwent surgery while Tyson Chandler has been unable to remain in the starting lineup on a consistent basis.

Other teams that might make a play for Bynum include the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors are looking to add depth, but may have more interest in finding a backup point guard first. San Antonio may have concerns about Tiago Splitter, who has suffered a shoulder injury that could keep him out of the lineup into February.

Indiana could sign Bynum, but as a move to keep him away from fellow Eastern Conference power Miami. The Mavericks also have interest, according to ESPN, but can only offer him the minimum.

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Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker covering sports in New Orleans. He likes Game of Thrones way too much. Tweet him @samspiegs.
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