Indiana, Houston Interested in Andrew Bynum
According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer, the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers are the two most interested teams in signing free agent center Andrew Bynum. The Rockets have been rumored to be shopping both Donatas Motiejunas and Omer Asik, while the Pacers are interested in giving Roy Hibbert a more talented backup center than Ian Mahinmi.
Both teams are intriguing fits and could offer Bynum the opportunity to compete for a championship. He has been rumored to be factoring the chance to compete, money, and fit into his decision. There are not likely to be any teams that would be willing to offer him a starting position, but he does have the potential to be a very dangerous backup big man.
Bynum played in 24 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, starting in 19 of those contests. He averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, and showed at times the dominant big man that Cleveland was hoping he would return to being. There are character concerns with Bynum which has scared some teams away, but both the Rockets and Pacers have very steady locker rooms that could help him focus on the court and playing a solid role for a contending team.
The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are two other teams that have considered signing Andrew Bynum. Los Angeles appears to have decided to pass, and the Heat are reportedly not very interested in the baggage that Bynum could potentially bring to their franchise. Indiana seems to be the most lucrative fit for Bynum if he is looking to carve out good minutes on the bench and still contend for a title.
Overall, it sounds like a Bynum deal could be in the near future. Both of these teams have been heavily involved in talks with Bynum and are extremely interested in bringing him in as soon as possible. It will be very interesting to see which team he ends up choosing, and how he plays with his new teammates.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.