When Andrew Bynum was released by the Chicago Bulls last week, teams couldn’t print out a contract quickly enough in hopes of signing him.
But in the days that have passed, teams with reported high interest – like the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks – have seemingly turned their head away and don’t have much (if any) interest in the free agent big man any longer.
So why the sudden change? According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, it’s because Bynum wants more than the NBA’s minimum base salary.
Bynum, meanwhile, is said to be looking for an offer above the league minimum to recoup more of the $6 million he lost when Chicago waived Bynum immediately Tuesday after acquiring him in a trade for Luol Deng.
Most teams interested in Bynum simply can’t afford anything more than a league minimum salary and a handful (like the Clippers) are already at their max roster, so they’d need to waive a player just to sign Bynum.
What seemed like a saturated market at first has quickly dried up.