I. First it was the Great Cap Clearout to sign Deron Williams, who was going to give the Dallas Mavericks a hometown discount. But when D-Will signed with Brooklyn, it turns out the Mavs never wanted him in the first place.
II. Then it was on to sign Chris Paul or Dwight Howard. Or both.
Then CP3 stayed with the Clippers, and D12 liked Houston better than Dallas. No matter. The Mavs never wanted those guys in the first place.
III. Then it was exploring Greg Oden's knees, and trying to sign former Lakers and 76ers center Andrew Bynum. When neither of those guys wanted the Mavs, it was all good. The Mavs didn't want them, either.
Now here we are in early January, the Mavs in the playoff race with the eighth spot in the NBA's Western Conference, and once again they are fishing. The Mavs have a nice little team, which is the problem - they are little. They need a big.
ESPN is reporting the Mavs are one of eight teams to reach out to Bynum, who was recently traded by the Cavaliers and cut by the Bulls.
The Mavs need a rim protector in the worst way because 2013 free agent signee Samuel Dalembert doesn't care very much. But head coach Rick Carlisle does not need another big guy on his team he does not like.
Bynum is another in a looooong line of tall men, who are fairly athletic, that just don't care that much about pro basketball other than the check. Kinda like Brendan Haywood, only with a geater upside, but a horse-bleep attitude and bad knees.
In 2011-'12, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. In eight NBA seasons, he has appeared in 82 games once - 2006-'07. He missed all of last season with the 76ers, and this season appeared in 24 games for the Cavs (8.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg.).
The Mavs could bring Bynum in "for nothing", to see if it works. When he was with the Lakers, Bynum had to be begged and prodded into trying. When he tried, and when he was healthy, his size of combination and footwork made him a beast to defend underneath.
The Mavs have a decent team, and a "right" Bynum would make them a serious threat to a top-five spot in the West. But if Bynum was right, he would have been re-signed by the 76ers, never dealt by the Cavaliers and never cut by the Bulls.
This dude is 26, and at the rate he's going will be out of the league in one year, and begging to get back in two.
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