At least in their own mind.
The Bulls are going to release Bynum, which will save them massive cap space and get them under the luxury tax line and the Knicks could be one of the teams that will be hot after the former All-Star.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat are three teams that will look to sign Bynum once he clears waivers.
Bynum is expected to clear waivers and become a free agent by the end of the week. Though he was suspended by the Cavs for one game for conduct detrimental to the team and excused from team activities, he is expected to be chased on the open market. The Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks are among the teams expected to consider offering him a landing spot.
The good news is that if the Knicks were to sign Bynum they would be getting some size for very cheap.
The bad news is they would be looking to sign Bynum.
Throw a dysfunctional player into an already dysfunctional team and bad things are on the horizon.
Knee and attitude problems have proven that Bynum’s brief stint as a dominant center in the NBA are over.
Bynum shot just 41.9 percent and averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 20 minutes per game in 24 appearances for the Cavs this season. Throw in the fact that Bynum has always been disruptive on any team he has been on and it is just not a good fit for the Knicks.
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Bynum’s apparent mindset, and his lack of desire to even play the game.
Bynum has the talent to be one of the best centers in the NBA, but lack of consistency, a poor attitude and a pure lack of motivation have held him back, much less all of the knee and back problems he has had.
That being said it would be nice for the Knicks to add size, but Bynum has done nothing to make you think he could be a productive piece on any team, without causing major internal problems.
It would be nice, but this isn’t the Bynum of three years ago, it is the Bynum of 2014 and the Knicks should stay away as they have enough problems to deal with already.