Last season the Brooklyn Nets took a shot on a troubled, young center that nobody wanted despite possessing plenty of talent. His name was Andray Blatche, and consistent production off the bench evidences that he’s certainly gotten his career back on track since making his way from Washington D.C. to Brooklyn.
Now the potential for a similar opportunity arises once again for the Nets as Andrew Bynum still remains on the open market following his release by the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday shortly after acquiring the 26-year-old big man in a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And unlike many teams who likely have only mild curiosity in Bynum, the Nets should pursue him as aggressively as possible.
A dominant center is the one piece Brooklyn’s roster lacks after losing Brook Lopez for the remainder of the season a few weeks back due to a broken foot. At his very best, both physically and mentally, Bynum is one of the league’s most unstoppable forces in the middle and could make up for Lopez’s absence in many regards.
But even if the Nets are unable to get the very best out of Bynum the way the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2011-12 when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, they’d still be happy getting a rim protector who can rebound with the best of them.
In the end, Bynum would be a low risk, potentially high reward signing for the Nets. They wouldn’t have to pay him much considering the character issues he’s displayed for a number of years now. If he comes on board and doesn’t pan out, Brooklyn wouldn’t really lose anything.
However, if he would stay healthy, play hard and also keep his personality in check, he could turn the Nets back into championship contenders.
So why not take a chance if they can? All they have to do is look at Blatche.