The Cleveland Cavaliers have been desperately trying to move Andrew Bynum by Tuesday in an attempt to save $6 million, and the Boston Celtics would be a good match for the former All-Star big man. The Celtics are one of the worst rebounding teams and have been seeking a big man to come help fill that need. Bynum should help fill that void, and it seems that Brad Stevens has proven to be able to coach and work well with young players. Boston tried to work out a deal for Houston Rockets‘ center Omer Asik but that fell through, so working out a deal for Bynum would be a good move.
As Rajon Rondo gets set to return soon from his ACL injury, Bynum could be a valuable piece to help give the Celtics a push into the playoffs. His shot blocking ability gives the Celtics a defensive presence in the paint and he can be called upon as a solid second scoring option. His ability to dominate the low block will certainly call for a double team, leaving wide open shots for the Celtics’ perimeter players, who have had a tough time scoring this year.
The Celtics certainly have pieces that they could move to make an offer to the Cavs. Brandon Bass and Courtney Lee are movable pieces that could financially work to bring Bynum to Boston. The Celtics have to make a decision of whether or not Bynum is worth the risk of getting. When healthy, he is one of the best centers in the game, but he is rarely healthy due to chronic knee problems. Bynum sat out all of last season during his one year span with the Philadelphia 76ers, and has played in 24 games this year, averaging just 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. It would certainly be a risky move for the Celtics and a tough decision for GM Danny Ainge, but I believe Bynum would help bring the inside presence the Celtics desperately need and have been looking for all year.