Veteran center Andrew Bynum is once again a free agent.
At one point, Bynum was developing into an elite big man with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, they dealt him to the Philadelphia 76ers in order to acquire Dwight Howard but because of his knee injuries, he never played a game. The 76ers let him walk as a free agent and he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. After playing in just 24 games, they dealt him to the Chicago Bulls, who subsequently waived him. He was picked up by the Indiana Pacers but appeared in just two games.
It looks like Bynum may now be prepared to sit out the entire 2014-2015 season.
Marc Berman of The New York Post, who spoke to Bynum’s agent, David Lee, reports the Knicks could pursue Bynum in 2015 after he sits out next season.
“If he’s healthy, Phil will be interested,’’ Lee told The Post. “Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously.’’
Bynum, the Jersey product who was a young stud center for two of Jackson’s Lakers title teams, would undergo the procedure as a means to extend his career.
“He would be looking at in a longer-term situation,’’ Lee said. “He’s still a baby. If he went to college, he’d be coming off his rookie contract at age 26.’’
In 26 total games last season, he put up 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 41.8% from the field and 75.5% from the free throw line. Bynum, who was selected by the Lakers with the 10th-overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft, has put up 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 55.6% from the field and 69.0% from the charity stripe in his career.