Andrew Bynum could test the open market in the coming days after his latest issues with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After the Cavaliers decided to suspend him indefinitely due to “conduct detrimental to the team”, all signs are pointing to both parties taking separate routes sooner rather than later.
If Bynum is either waived, traded or released before January 6, the Cavs would save a lot of money. Cleveland is somewhat set in terms of their frontcourt depth with Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller, but things are slightly different for Bynum. The 7-footer will be available and even though many teams would be wise to avoid signing him based on his recent antics, there are some franchises that could be good fits for him.
It has been reported that the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Miami Heat all have some kind of interest in the former All-Star and out of the three, the Heat and the Clippers are thought to be front-runners to land him. Both teams are expected to contend this season, something that could motivate Bynum after being in two rebuilding franchises.
The sole thought of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and Andrew Bynum together would be quite scary for the rest of the NBA but for that to happen, Bynum needs to recover his passion and his love for the game. If he does, he might return to his old self: a dominant big man with enough skill to be considered among the best players at his position.
Sadly for him, things aren’t like that right now, and the best thing for him would be to leave the Cavaliers as soon as possible to get his career back on track. It’s the only way he can start to turn things around.