The Dallas Mavericks could be in position to land Los Angeles Laker center Andrew Bynum.
That's because, according to Yahoo! Sports, Bynum wants to play for either the Mavs, Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers if he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Western Confrence starting center in last Februrary's All-Star game, Bynum said if he doesn't sign an extention with the Lakers, the aforementioned three teams will be the ones vying for his services.
Bynum is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $16.47 million during the 2012-'13 campaign. Now entering his eighth season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.93 blocks in 35.2 minutes while shooting 55.8 percent from the field this past year.
Bynum is currently rumored to be going to the Orlando Magic in a blockbuster trade for Dwight Howard, who was the starting center for the Eastern Conference All-Stars this past February. But according to Yahoo! Sports, if Bynum is traded to the Magic, he "has shown no inclination to agree to an immediate extension if sent to Orlando as part of a Dwight Howard package.''
The Mavs lost out on Brooklyn Nets free agent point guard Deron Williams this past week and will likely save their salary cap space for players of Bynum's caliber. The addition of Bynum would be a major windfall for the Mavs, who haven't had a particularly great offseason thus far.
-- Dwain Price
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