When Andrew Bynum was traded to the Chicago Bulls and then cut before he could even pack his bags back in Cleveland, the general thinking around the NBA was that the Miami Heat would scoop him up and add him to their roster for postseason depth. But while that may have been a nice fantasy for Bynum, it apparently isn’t something the Heat have in mind and the team is no longer expected to sign him.
According Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, Despite intense rumors for the better part of a week that the Heat would pursue Bynum, the team is no longer in the running for the troubled big man.
This is both surprising to an extent but not all that shocking when you look at it. The Heat signed Greg Oden in the summer to play any sort of role that Bynum would play had he been signed by Miami. There’s also the aspect of Bynum not loving the game of basketball and being a sort of lethargic distraction, something the Heat want no part of.
With word that the Los Angeles Clippers were also backing away from Bynum, the reality that his career may be over for the time being is settling in. Contenders don’t seem to want him at the moment, but should a team miss out on a trade before the deadline, Bynum may end up getting a call from someone before the end of the season.