2013 NBA Free Agency: Atlanta Hawks Should Move On From Dwight Howard, Focus on Andrew Bynum

Over the first 24 hours of free agency, the Atlanta Hawks were one of the first teams to make their presentation to free agent big man Dwight Howard. Although the Hawks are full of cap space, they haven’t appeared to be a front runner like that of the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks.

At this point, Atlanta needs to focus on their pitch to another free agent center, Andrew Bynum. Howard will likely go to Houston or Dallas, and as for the other team involved — his Los Angeles Lakers — I don’t believe they have a shot. That being said, the Hawks need to make a splash and Bynum would be just that.

The tough part about Bynum’s free agency courting has been his inability or unwillingness to work out for potential suitors. Whether that’s still due to his health or not remains to be seen. Bynum has said he will begin to get ready for the season this month, so it is curious why he won’t be workout out for his potential teams.

Either way, I think the Hawks could take a chance on Bynum even with his health concerns and make it worthwhile. At full health, Bynum is one of the best big men in the game. He is a sure-fire double-double night in and night out, not to mention a great defender protecting the rim.

If Atlanta could pair Bynum up with Al Horford, they would have arguably the top front court in the NBA. With both guys having the ability to score in the paint and fairly solid defensively, the Hawks would be set. I think it’s well worth the Hawks forgetting about Howard at this point and moving on to trying and lure in Bynum.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • John Hope

    Interesting strategy however word on the street is that Bynum’s representatives are only providing medical reports for review and won’t allow prospective team to work him out. What kind of investment would you make in a ‘product’ you can see in action?

    Ferry has demonstrated that he does not want to be handcuffed by bad contracts. Though a good idea, this may be too risky unless he can see Bynum work out. It could be easy since Bynum’s trainer is in Atlanta.

  • John Hope

    Meant to say ‘product you can NOT see in action?’

  • Ryan Heckman

    Oh, I agree with you. It will definitely be risky. I’ve written a piece about Bynum not working out and believe me, I’m skeptical. But, if I’m a Hawks fan I recognize he is one of the best in the business and still very young. I believe he’s worth the risk.