After trading forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for draft picks and center Andrew Bynum Monday, the Chicago Bulls released Bynum on Tuesday.
Although Bynum is returning from a serious knee injury that forced him to miss the entire 2012-13 season, his only season with the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Cavaliers were obviously fed up enough with Bynum to get rid of him, several teams are showing interest in signing the veteran center.
In fact, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, eight teams are showing interest in signing Bynum.
The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers are widely believed to be among the teams interested in acquiring the two-time championship center.
One league executive who recently spoke with Heat president Pat Riley told ESPN.com, “I’m certain that Riley is going to go hard after Bynum.”
The Dallas Mavericks are also expected to be in play for Bynum while the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks, despite losing big men Brook Lopez and Al Horford to season-ending injuries, are not expected to pursue Bynum.
“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a contender,” Broussard’s source said. “He’s looking to play and be utilized.”