Stein: Clippers Leaning Against Signing Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum

Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After a few hushed days, some news on the Andrew Bynum front, and the Los Angeles Clippers position on the big man has emerged. Here’s the news from ESPN’s Marc Stein:

The 26-year-old became a free agent Thursday night after clearing waivers, but the latest rumblings on the league’s personnel grapevine suggest that more teams are backing away from the idea as opposed to gambling on the talented but undependable 7-footer.

Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that the Los Angeles Clippers, long presumed to be one of Bynum’s primary suitors, are leaning against the prospect of signing the enigmatic former Los Angeles Laker.

via Race to sign Andrew Bynum starts slow | ESPN

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Once the news released that the Bynum would soon be headed to the free agent market (prior to the Chicago Bulls trade), the Los Angeles Clippers steadily showed an interest while never fully committing to the idea that Bynum would be the third big man the team desperately needed.

One must think the price tag is an issue here. While the Clippers are only able to offer Bynum the veterans minimum, a few other teams can chalk up a few more dollars to earn the once-dominant big man’s service, the Dallas Mavericks being one of those teams. Stein also mentioned how playing time, place within the playoff race and salary is a factor in Andrew’s decision. The Clips have one of those two categories locked down, that being their standings in the Western Conference in regards to making the playoffs, but the money is minimal and the playing time isn’t a definite as both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are playing 35-plus minutes.

But until Bynum is officially signed and on the floor for another team, I won’t write off the chance that Drew becomes a Clippers. It has little to do with how Bynum has played this season, which hasn’t been really good, and more to do with the bigs the Clips deploy when either Jordan or Griffin is on the bench. Bynum may be bad, but he can’t be any worse than what Antawn Jamison, Byron Mullens and Ryan Hollins has shown this season.

It also matters that the Clippers have few trade assets needed to nab a serviceable big man from a team looking to move one. Would they be willing to throw in a sweetener like Reggie Bullock this early into his career? It’s not sure, but that’s the type of piece needed, along with a first-round draft pick, to get someone of quality these days.

Here is an interesting tidbit from Marc Stein on the Bynum sweepstakes from an Indiana Pacers perspective though:

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Doc Rivers, ESPN, Los Angeles Clippers, Marc Stein, NBA

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