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Andrew Bynum To Be Signed By Pacers To Block Miami? Dallas Mavericks Also Interested In Disgruntled Center For Bargain Price

By Staff Writer | January 12, 2014 09:07 PM EST

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Andrew Bynum is now a free agent and can be signed by any team. This was, to an extent his choice. It is rumored that he forced his way out of Cleveland leaving the other half of his $ 6million on the table.

The allegation is that he wants to win a title. Thus, the usual suspects for his services are the contenders who need frontcourt help. The defending champions Miami Heat are said to be his first choice. They don't even have a legitimate starting center, just converted power forwards who play off the brilliance of Lebron James.

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The LA Clippers are also another team in the mix. Despite the improvement of DeAndre Jordan under Doc Rivers' tutelage, they don't have a worthy back-up center and are using Ryan Hollins for the role. In the competitive Western Conference, teams that have a loaded frontline can take advantage of their lack of a rim protector.

A team that came out of the woodwork with interest in Andrew Bynum is the Dallas Mavericks. They initially thought about signing him before the season began, but because of the lack of insurance, even the flamboyant Mark Cuban had second thoughts. But for half a season and a possible playoff push, Cuban realizes that it could be a low risk investment. From Dallas Morning  News, Cuban is quoted:  "It's not to say we wouldn't consider him, but we'll look at everybody and make a determination. Any free agent, we can only offer them the minimum."

The most intriguing plot twist is the Indiana Pacers. Indiana already has one of the best  centers in the league with the emerging Roy Hibbert. Why would they need Bynum?

The speculation that it is only to keep them from the Heat is not so farfetched. ESPN's Marc Stein reports: "Sources say the Pacers, to this point, have not made an official offer and are interested in Bynum more as a measure to keep him away from Miami than they actually want to test the limits of their treasured team chemistry by adding such a wild card halfway through this championship-or-bust season."

It actually makes sense. Part of winning is not just making yourself stronger, it's also preventing  your opponent from doing the same.

 

 

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