The Miami Heat were considered to be one of – if not the favorite – to sign free agent big man Andrew Bynum after he was released by the Chicago Bulls in January.
However, Bynum reportedly asked for more than the league minimum and the Heat, over the salary cap, couldn’t offer more – even if they wanted to.
That lead to Bynum reportedly signing with the Indiana Pacers, a notion members of the Miami Heat – including LeBron James – have no concern over.
Per Pro Basketball Talk:
“We didn’t have much of a reaction at all,” James said. “We talked about it [Saturday] morning — guys said they’d seen it and that’s it. We didn’t have a conversation about it.”
I’m not really sure what James has to say here. In a way it comes across as sour grapes because the Heat were obviously interested in Bynum, but at the same time they couldn’t afford him outside of a minimum contract and it’s not exactly as if they need him.
Should be interesting to see if he becomes a difference maker or not come the postseason when the Pacers and Heat inevitably will face each other.