Over the last year the Mavericks have been unable to convince Deron Williams, Chris Paul or Dwight Howard to come to Dallas, leaving Mark Cuban in a vulnerable position as Dirk Nowitzki’s career winds down.
In need of a low-post scorer and defender the Mavs haven’t had since Tyson Chandler left for the Knicks, Dallas is now considering Andrew Bynum, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
“Mavs' post-Dwight interest in Bynum is legit. They ARE pursuing him. Yet it's been made clear they'll make detailed/careful evaluation first,” Stein tweeted Saturday morning.
Bynum didn’t play at all for the Sixers last season and his agent said last week that he will not work out for any teams this summer. If Bynum's knees were truly better, a tactic like that surely wouldn’t be used.
But with Howard headed to Houston, Bynum becomes one of the most intriguing free agents on the market. When healthy, he’s proven to be one of the very best centers in the NBA. But he’s had issues both on and off the court.
Still, it could take a team like the Mavs, desperate to remain in contention, to give Bynum a multi-year deal. There just aren’t a whole lot of options out there that could turn the Mavs back into title contenders while Nowitzki is still on the right side of 35, and while Bynum is as high-risk as a signing can get, the potential reward is just as high. And as the saying goes, all it takes is one team.