Nov 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum (33) during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Jazz 99-93. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Atlanta Hawks Interested in Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis

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The Atlanta Hawks have a well-known interest in star guard Monta Ellis this NBA free agency period after losing out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes, but the team is also apparently interested in former Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum.

Bynum certainly would not be a horrible second-place finish for the Hawks after missing out on Howard, who decided his best chance to win a ring is with the Houston Rockets.

Right now Ellis remains the priority for the Hawks, but ESPN’s Marc Stein points out Bynum is a possibility as well:

With the future of restricted free agent point guard Jeff Teague still uncertain, Atlanta has roughly $10 million in available salary-cap space to potentially use on Ellis. Sources say that the Hawks have also given center Andrew Bynum some thought, but all the latest signals suggest that Ellis is the Hawks’ top current target.

Bynum is a massive presence in the middle of the court at only 25 years old. He’s a known commodity at this point, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Right now the Hawks are scrambling to find talent after losing Josh Smith and whiffing on Howard. Ellis is a great start, but Bynum may make more sense for the future if the team thinks he can stay healthy.


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