ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted today that eight teams are interested in former Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum. The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers -- two teams reported to be at the top of Bynum's list -- are among the eight vying for the 7-footer's services.
For Miami, this news comes as a bit of a surprise. The Heat could have waived Roger Mason Jr. or Michael Beasley -- two players who signed non-guaranteed contracts that became guaranteed at 5 p.m. yesterday -- to make room for Bynum, but chose not to. Mario Chalmers' Achilles injury that held him out of Tuesday's win over New Orleans may have influenced the Heat's decision to keep Mason. Beasley has already proven himself as a valuable offensive addition off the bench.
The Heat would have to make a trade and somehow get its roster to 14 players to sign Bynum. Last season, Miami traded Dexter Pittman for a trade exception, creating a roster spot that ultimately went to Juwan Howard. ESPN's Brian Windhorst mentioned Joel Anthony as a player who may be available in a December post about the Heat's interest in guard help.
Grantland's Zach Lowe recently assessed Bynum as having serious mobility issues. The former All-Star has shot just 46.8 percent in the restricted area, and Cleveland allowed eight more fast-break points per 48 minutes when he played than when he sat this year. Any center who wants any sort of playing time needs to be able to move. It's why Chris Andersen has worked so well, and why Eddy Curry never caught on. He may be of some value as a "break-glass-in-case-of-Roy-Hibbert" player, but isn't that what Greg Oden is supposed to be?