Just a few years ago, Los Angeles Lakers’ center Andrew Bynum was on e of the most promising young players in the NBA. Since then, Bynum’s career has been derailed by injuries and he’s had unsuccessful stints with the Philadelphia 76ers (he didn’t play a game for them), Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers.
Now, as a free agent, Bynum may have to sit the season out to get healthy but he’d like to play this season.
Zach Links of Hoops Rumors reminds us Bynum wants to return to the Lakers.
Thanks to his physical condition and reputation, one has to imagine that Bynum can be had for the minimum salary. And, even though he might not be the consummate teammate, we’d be surprised if someone wasn’t willing to roll the dice on him. Earlier this month, the Clippers reportedly auditioned the big man while also scoping out Andray Blatche and Greg Oden in the same week. Agent David Lee said in July that the Knicks could also have interest in his client while Bynum himself would like to reunite with the Lakers.
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.
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