When Andrew Bynum was traded to the Chicago Bulls, speculation about the Miami Heat signing the troubled big man began before Chicago could even cut him. But now that Bynum has been on the market for over a week, the Heat are continuing to downplay their interest in Bynum.
Heat president Pat Riley said after Miami’s game on Wednesday that talk of the team signing Bynum is nothing but speculation at this point.
“It’s all speculation,” Riley said. “That’s all it is. There will be a tremendous amount of research (on free agents). There’s nothing going at all. There’s nothing happening at all with that situation.”
Greg Oden was active for the Heat’s game on Wednesday, which means Miami may indeed be out of the running for Bynum. Many who were against the idea of Miami signing Bynum pointed out that the team already has Oden for height and depth in the postseason, and the fact that he’s now playing may be the Heat testing him out to see what they have.
Should Oden fail his test, Miami may go out and get Bynum. They may still go out and get Bynum regardless, but if they’re indeed interested in the big man, Miami is certainly doing their best to throw people off their scent.