Andrew Bynum is the hottest name in NBA free agency right now with a $24 million contract offer on the table from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks in hot pursuit as well.
The thing is, Bynum could be pursued by even more teams and start a bidding war if he played his cards right.
Spurs’ free agent DeJuan Blair was flagged for ACL issues during the draft combine several years ago, but wrote in an exclusion in his deal with the Spurs that protected them from knee related injuries resulting in Blair getting a multi-year offer. Had Blair missed a substantial amount of games to a knee injury his contract could have been non-guarnteed.
If Bynum’s camp would agree to something similar, several teams said they would consider signing him simply because his upside is so great when he can play.
Of course teams would be more willing to bring Bynum on if he agreed to a less guaranteed deal. The same can be said for most free agents in any sport.
Bynum is not most free agents, of course. His knees have failed to hold up. NBA teams know it, and so do his reps. Do not expect Bynum to settle for anything less than what the Cavs have offered at this point.
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