Should the Knicks take a chance on Andrew Bynum?

Harris Decker

Andrew BynumThe Cleveland Cavaliers shipped a boatload, including Andrew Bynum, to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng. The trade is being viewed as a salary dump for the Bulls, who will cut Bynum, getting them under the luxury tax line. Now the question becomes, where does the former All-Star center end up?

Bynum is a troubled player. In 2005, he was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in LA for 7 seasons, averaging 11.7 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and more than one block and assist per game. His numbers aside, he’s been suspended multiple times and missed a large chunk of time, including the entire 2012-13 season, due to a knee injury.

His time with the 76ers was short-lived, having never played a game in Philadelphia, he was released and signed with the Cavaliers. He will call Chicago home for a brief stint, where he is likely to be passed through waivers and released by the weeks end.

Now, can Carmelo Anthony and Mike Woodson team up to get the former All-Star back to his elite status?


Update – 4:15 p.m.: As of Tuesday afternoon, the Knicks have not inquired on Bynum (Berman).

When you’re looking at a player like Bynum, you have to look at risk and reward. Bynum will likely be looking at a minimum contract, having to prove to NBA teams that he still deserves to be in the league. It has already been hinted that the Heat and Clippers could get involved, in addition to the Knicks. Bynum makes a lot of sense for the Knicks who have a lack of depth in the front court. I’d much rather see New York cut Cole Aldrich and take a shot on Bynum. We know what Aldrich is. We don’t know what’s left in the tank for Bynum.

In 2011-12, the last time he played a full season, he put up career highs in points and rebounds. I’m the kind of fan that believes you don’t just lose talent like that. Sure, it can get buried, and we all know you can’t fool father time, but injuries aside, players can either play or they can’t. They have it or they don’t. Bynum has it and if he can stay healthy and get motivated, he could re-emerge as an impact big man.

The Knicks need to take a long hard look at Bynum once he is released by the Bulls. At a minimum contract, he could be the perfect backup to Tyson Chandler and a buy-low candidate if there ever was one.




156 comments

I hope the knicks get him! Woodson is a strong coach. With Chandler,Bynum,Stat, Barg and Kenyon gellin. We would be a threat. The knicks have to gel and unite as one force. Not the multiple situations we as fans are witnessing. There is still time.Especially in our conference. If we can pull this off, The battle between Indiana and us won't be a joke anymore.


KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Knicks Will Win Tonight but there will be some questions about the PG Position after Felton is worked by Brandon Jennings 


ngrant13602
ngrant13602

Although this doesn't seem to work for JR. 

ngrant13602
ngrant13602

Its little easier been an embarrassment from afar. Embarrassment around people you grew up with might carry a different effect.

buddhabing
buddhabing

At worst he's a bust and you can release him with minimal affect to your salary structure. At best you get a player who can definitely help you in the push for the playoffs and you keep him away from Miami and other contenders.

ngrant13602
ngrant13602

I know we've heard this before, but Bynum is from NJ. Playing close to home might bring him some sanity.

buddhabing
buddhabing

I would definitely take a chance on Bynum. Ideal low risk high reward situation. Garden atmosphere might revive him along with playing for a playoff spot close to home. He's New Jersey native. Only 27 years old with loads of playoff experience and averaging 1.2 blocks in only 20 min a game. This team has been looking for the longest time for a decent backup center. Don't really see any downside to acquiring him.

C0P0
C0P0

He's too young. Woodson won't play him. LOL

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

Now rumors are saying that Hinrich's next to be traded.

Chicago FO going bananas...

ChildsPunchedKobe
ChildsPunchedKobe

The knicks are a traveling circus so another clown won't hurt. lol 


nah, in all seriousness. BIg NO. The guy is clearly unmotivated, but i wonder is it because he was playing for the Cavs. Either way it would be a distraction we don't need.

brookdon
brookdon

No on Bynum. Story is he simply isn't in to basketball anymore as a long term thing and is unmotivated. Not to mention, no more creaky knees please

brookdon
brookdon

Thibs aparrently is upset with Bulls management over Deng deal. Next Knicks coach?

barnaby87
barnaby87

Apparently Kirk Hinrich's available.  No clue how we would get him though.

dagawd
dagawd

Hell yea what do the knicks got to lose u can always waive him, plus i'm sure vets mini


Interested to see if he clears waivers.

ngrant13602
ngrant13602

They still dont have enough money cap wise to sign him outright in the offseason. A trade must be made between the teams.

knickster
knickster

Maybe Melo can go to Chicago as a free agent now....

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

To all those wanting to give up youth for guys like Andre Miller or trade/acquire guys like Bynum, just say no the the Old & The Broken

fasheezee
fasheezee

Game night! But Woody is still the coach. Oh well.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLD_KNICK Of course Sandro bets.

And honestly,  I don't know how what to expect.

Of course hoping for the W, but more than anything, I wanna see that same energy and hustle.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@OLD_KNICK Chris Smith held a classy demeanor throughout all of the criticism being thrown at him. I wish him well.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@OLD_KNICK Dolan wants whoever CAA tells him to want. His opening gig for the Eagles depends on it.....lol

buddhabing
buddhabing

@C0P0 Yeah but he's a young veteran and you know how much Woodson loves his veterans.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@brookdon it's hard for any coach with any sense of pride and honor to sit back and watch the FO degrade the talent level.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@brookdon Who wouldn't?

Thibs wants to win and the FO are doing their best to stop this from happening.

First they let Nate and Belinelli go, don't restock properly, and then they trade his 2nd scoring option and best wing defender.

He's got a right to be p*ssed.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@ngrant Vets minimum, to my knowledge, doesn't count against the cap. Sign him, try him, waive him, it doesn't count.

buddhabing
buddhabing

@lobcity He just can't help himself. If you're one of his guys you have a spot for life regardless of health or production.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls @barnaby87 You are an expiring contract on this site. I now see why so many posters get on your case.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls Give what up? Wanting to get rid of your main man Wood? I will never give up until he is dismissed from NY!!!! Get it!!!! And you are the most boring and repetitive thing on here. To think, I took up for your azz when someone was blog bullying your sorry azz!

fasheezee
fasheezee

@BiggieSmalls Told you I'm not on facebook. Is there something truly wrong with you? And that talk about going back to Africa with the animals was bigot talk and uncalled for. Keep that kind of shizz to yourself.