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Why the Miami Heat should take a chance on Andrew Bynum

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The Cleveland Cavaliers recently suspended Andrew Bynum, and it seems very likely that he has played his last game there. Could Bynum be taking his talents to South Beach?

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Whenever there is a big name free agent on the trading market, or free agency, there is always a rumor started that the Miami Heat are interested, and most of the time, that ends up being the case.

So when the news broke that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Andrew Bynum are parting ways, one of the first reactions I, and many others had, was are the Miami Heat interested?

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat have yet to comment on the possibility of acquiring Bynum, whether it be via free agency or by trade.

Let's say the Heat are in fact interested in pursuing Bynum...should they?

Now, it depends on just how much Cleveland wants in return for Bynum., but yes, I believe they should at least look into it and here's why.

Has Andrew Bynum been a total train-wreck the last year or so? Absolutely.

Has he changed his hair style way too much in the last year? Absolutely.

But none of this should keep the Miami Heat from at least giving Andrew Bynum another shot.

Miami has already signed 2 players similar to Andrew Bynum, when they signed both Michael Beasley and Greg Oden over the offseason. Beasley has played some good minutes off the bench thus far, but Greg Oden cannot say the same thing about himself. At least he hasn't suffered another serious injury yet, so I guess that is a positive way to look at it.

The main reason Pat Riley wanted to bring in Greg Oden was because of someone who ate Chris Bosh alive during last year's Eastern Conference Finals....yes, that would be the 7'2" Indiana Pacers center, Roy Hibbert.

As of now, Greg Oden hasn't played a regular season game with the Heat yet as he continues working on a comeback. But can we really know for sure he will be healthy come playoff time?

Andrew Bynum isn't the most durable player in the NBA, but he is more dependable than Oden when it comes to being healthy...but that is not saying a whole lot.

In 24 games with the Cavaliers, Bynum averaged 8 points and 5 rebounds a game in 20 minutes of action. Those are decent statistics, but he is definitely capable of more if he really wanted to.

That is the ultimate question regarding Andrew Bynum. Does he really want to play basketball? Does he have a killer instinct? Is ball his life? Right now, I'd have to say the answer is no.

This may be the final chance Andrew Bynum has to show that he can get back to being one of the best centers in the NBA like he arguably was a few years ago with the Lakers.

In conclusion, if I ran the Miami Heat, I'd take a chance on Andrew Bynum. Even if he isn't the same player he was a few years ago, he would at least give you another big body off the bench. Its almost a no risk/high reward situation. If he is Cleveland Bynum, you can release him again, but if he is anything close to Laker Bynum, then congratulations Miami, you just won your 3rd straight NBA championship.