The New York Knicks certainly have nothing to be proud of. With a record of 12-22, they have begun to look more and more like a group of overpaid players. The constant attention surrounding Carmelo Anthony and free agency this summer has done little to help the ailing franchise. Add the injuries and J.R. Smith‘s never-ending stupidity and you have the laughingstock of the NBA.
For a team that was predicted to contend in the East and challenge the Miami Heat, the Knicks have fallen well short of the hype and it appears Anthony’s departure from the Big Apple is all but guaranteed. With all of the negativity and circus-like antics consuming New York, they still have a legitimate shot at the postseason thanks mostly to the demise of the Eastern Conference. However, the Knicks have done very little to grasp the opportunity. Enter: Andrew Bynum.
Thursday evening, Bynum will become a free agent after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls who immediately waived him. The rumors have already begun to swirl around the center, which comes as a bit of a surprise due in part to the poor reputation Bynum has created for himself. It just so happens that New York is one of the top contenders for Bynum.
It doesn’t seem too far-fetched for the Knicks to go after Bynum. They are on the outside of the playoff race, they have shown little improvement over the course of the season and Anthony already looks to be checked out. Why not take a risk on Bynum? What do they have to lose?
They could easily make space on the roster for Bynum, considering they have three big men who are contracted under $1 million. It wouldn’t be a big deal to eat one of those small contracts if Bynum can seriously make a difference. The worry is that Bynum will turn the Knicks into more of a freak show than they already are. The 7-footer has proven he can be a force on the court, but his ego and immaturity always get the better of him.
At this point, I don’t think the Knicks care about Bynum’s past. They are more concerned about what Bynum can do for them now and if he could even convince Anthony to stay. The Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are also rumored to be interested in the big man, but New York seems to be the best fit for him. Someone will take a chance on Bynum; we just have to wait and see who it is.