Wojnarowski: Cleveland Could Be Free Agent Destination For Andrew Bynum in ’13

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported today among his talks regarding Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, and potential trades that Andrew Bynum would be looking at a small list of potential destinations if/when he reaches free agency in the summer of 2013. They include Houston, Dallas, and… Cleveland?

Bynum, 24, has spent his entire career with the Lakers and averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games last year. Bynum would demand a hefty (likely max) contract, but the Cavaliers would have the space to pull such a move. Bynum notably has had several dust-ups due to a lack of maturity that have extended into the media, but his status as a Top 2 or 3 center in the NBA is certain.

  • MSkog

    I’m not holding my breath on this one…

  • Runaway Cleveland son

    No more head cases, Pa-leeze

  • Clevelandfanatic74

    This would be really nice if this worked out. Not holding my breath though.

  • Quite surprising, but this would be huge if pulled off. He’s immature for sure, but AB is easily one of the best big men in the game. Can’t imagine a scenario where he’s not come this time next year.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Perhaps he would prefer to be out of the limelight and away from some of the distractions LA brings.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Perhaps he wants out of the limelight and weight being in LA brings, and feels that being in Cleveland would let him play without the pressure.

  • This is a non story, he will resign with the Lakers for the max.

  • Dee P

    Wojo is the best in the business on these “rumors” so if he says it, there is a definite possibility…however, call me crazy but I’ll pass. Count me in the “no head cases” crowd either. AB is a force, no doubt, but I’d take other options. Especially with Waiters around – he looks like he could be a possible head case too – let’s focus on surrounding him with the “right” players, instead of adding fuel to a possible fire.

  • He is still so young, it would be fantastic if this happened.

  • Stinkfist

    If the Lakers aren’t interested in trading him for Howard, they would certainly be interested in re-signing him next year. I cannot imagine LA passing on either of those guys. Come on…

  • Kekoa

    You are all fools who would turn down Bynum, KI and AB at 21 and 25 would turn into a dynasty. The best point guard and center in their prime, oh and they just so happen to play the two weakest positions on the heat. Bynum is not even close to the head case Howard is, that jabroni is a real fool. Bynum has won and wants to win out of Kobe’s shadow. I honestly think that Bynum does not love L.A and is more laid back. In the immortal words of KG “ANYYYYYTHHIIIIIIIINGGGGGG IS POSSIBLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • razz00

    Freaking incredible. I’ll take him 7 days a week and twice on Sunday over dumb Dwight. bc he’s better. And Cavs become championship contender w that. wow.

  • Jaker

    If he *wants to come here*, I’ll welcome him with open arms. He’ll be the best C in the NBA next year and Kyrie will soon be an ELITE if not All-NBA PG very very soon. But will he want to come here when he finds out how tough practices with Coach Scott are? Is he close to Scott from BS’s LA days? Is his knee a non-issue? Is this just a horrible rumor? Many questions, but I’m all ears

  • Is this before or after LeBron returns to Cleveland?

  • qwertyuiop

    The only reason he would want Cleveland is because he thinks they are gonna be contenders in a few years. him, kyrie, waiters, and TT would be major contenders.

  • Dee P

    I could get behind Bynum with some small convincing. But please let’s not plan the rebuilding of our team based on the strengths and weaknesses of the Heat.

  • Breyzh

    A max contract is overpriced for Bynum. He was great for 60 games. And he was closer to Kaman-in-his-best-season great than to Shaq great.

    What proof is there that this is gonna last ? What proof is there that he won’t get hurt again ?

    Let’s give the kid a second season before crowning him the best big man in the league and an instant contender-maker.

  • saggy

    WAS? what’s all the “WAS” stuff? the kid is in his early 20’s and still developing. you would be buying on potential, not only on past success

  • saggy

    i followed him all year. I LOVE this guy.

  • liked for jabroni.

  • OhioSteve

    He’s an impact player when healthy, but on a scale of injury-prone that goes from 1 to Greg Oden, he’s at least a 7. I’m not convinced he’s worth a max deal, and I think he would get a max deal in free agency, so I don’t think we should be interested. Plus, count me among those that thinks you never go wrong avoiding problem-children, and he seems to have at least submitted his application to that club.

    I’d cheer like heck for him in a Cavs uni, and I don’t think I’m making a “slam-dunk” case for avoiding him, but my instinct is that those max dollars would be better spent elsewhere.

    Plus, I’m reluctant to buying into this as a remote possibility. I think he’ll stay in LA.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No premature celebration here been down this rumor trail way to many times. Entirely to much can happen between now and then although it’s nice to hear the possibility that an All-Star may be interested in the Cavaliers. If Grant does it right there will be players interested especially with an owner who is willing to spend. How refreshing.

  • JB

    I’m holding my breath! I also held it when sources said no player would go on national TV to embarrass a city.

    Bynum and Irving sure is fun to dream about though

  • Steve

    You want to win a championship? Better build a roster that can specifically cause the Heat matchup problems. I know, it sucks to still harp on them, but they are the clear hurdle that must be met.

  • Dee P

    We tried that route before…built a team to beat the Celtics….then had a surprise matchup with the Magic. Then we built to beat the Magic and got bounced by Celtics. Point is, just assemble a quality team and things will take care of themselves…when you start focusing on one specific opponent it bites you in the ass.

  • Harv 21

    “Sources”! I love “sources.”

    “Source” looks at teams with most cap room and says, Bynum might be interested in that!


  • Steve

    I hated the moves to specifically beat the Magic then. But this is a different scenario. Those were two teams almost equally good, and we’d likely have to beat both of them. Chicago has a damn good team, but you have have to be able to throw a wrench into the Heat’s system to win a ring.