Today it appears they have backed off that stance and no longer covet the former All-Star.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks are one of the teams who have not at least made an inquiry about Bynum’s interest. Berman also notes that maybe the Knicks are convinced that they have enough interesting personalities on their club as it is.
#Knicks one of few teams who have not at least made inquiry into Andrew Bynum. Guess they have enough interesting personalities on club.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) January 7, 2014
That’s a statement I agree with. Then there is the fact of why Bynum would even consider coming to New York as it is. When teams like the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers reportedly have interest, it makes little sense for a guy like Bynum to consider coming to a 12-22 team.
If he isn’t going to get major minutes, which he wouldn’t with Tyson Chandler in place in the middle, going to a contender makes much more sense. Given Bynum’s injury history and state of mind, it makes little sense from a basketball standpoint either as there is no upside to dealing with his antics.
For one he is clearly not the dominant player of three years ago anymore. 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 he has always been disruptive on any team he has been on and it is just not a good fit for the Knicks.
Even if the Knicks got him for a minimum deal, they wouldn’t be able to bring him back next season.
It’s also been reported that Bynum has no interest in playing basketball anymore at all. You don’t want to bring an unmotivated player into an already dysfunctional locker room.
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’s probably a wise move that they aren’t willing to roll the dice.