After suspending center and free-agent acquisition from this summer, Andrew Bynum, the Cleveland Cavaliers have openly and desperately been trying to trade the big man. The problem is that the rest of the NBA realizes their desperation and hasn’t bitten on any deal that would involve Bynum without wanting more in return than Cleveland is willing to offer.
However, the Cavs now face a pretty strict deadline. Cleveland made a smart move when they signed Bynum this summer, back-loading his deal with unguaranteed money. However, to avoid paying Bynum an unguaranteed $6 million over the rest of this season, the Cavs have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon to either waive or trade him.
Considering that a potential deal for Pau Gasol has seemingly all but fallen through and that the Cavs don’t appear to have any other takers on Bynum, it seems like the Cavs might end up waiving the injury-plagued and juvenile-behaving center. If that ends up happening, Bynum instantly will become a huge name for contenders to try and enlist the services of the center.
One team that seems to just make sense in terms of making a play for Bynum is the defending champion Miami Heat. While the Heat have been successful despite their small frontcourt, the need to have a big body in the middle might be more important this season than it has ever been before. Adding a guy with Bynum’s size and skill to play 20 minutes or so per game would be enormous for the Heat and their ability to handle bigger frontcourts.
There are plenty of teams, the Heat include, that could use the services of Bynum. We shall see starting on Tuesday evening how the rest of the saga plays out after the experiment in Cleveland has seemingly failed.