Not many people would buy a used car without test driving it first. Am I right? To further this scenario, let’s say this particular car has had some work done. It’s been through some stuff — but is said to have been restored.
Would you even consider it? Probably not.
Well, that’s the same type of scenario teams will see if they are looking to sign free agent center Andrew Bynum. The Philadelphia 76ers look like they are ready to pretend that trade never happened last year and move on, while other franchises are ready to take the chance.
Bynum missed all of last season due to knee injuries and at this point hasn’t played in a professional game since early last year. His most recent season with the Los Angeles Lakers was fantastic, but since then, his health has declined drastically.
At the moment, Bynum is on the up and up. He has resumed basketball activities and plans to begin getting ready for the season later this month. But, when it comes to his free agent market, he will not be working out for any of his potential suitors.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Bynum’s agent David Lee has said that there are about ‘a half dozen’ teams interested in his client, and they will all receive the latest MRI’s and medical reports. What they will not receive, though, is a workout.
So, the question is: Would you want your team signing Bynum without first working him out?
Even better question: If yes, just how much would you like to see your favorite team fork over?
I certainly would not give him a lump sum of money. In fact, I would hope that most teams will not offer a long-term deal and instead give him a max of three years including an option in the third year.
As of right now, three of the known interested teams according to Yahoo! are the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes, you read that right. Portland is interested in a center that has had tons of knee problems and cannot afford to give them a workout. Have they not learned by now?