Before he agreed to sign with the Indiana Pacers yesterday, the New York Knicks reportedly tried to make an aggressive late push to try and sign former All-Star center Andrew Bynum.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Knicks personnel director Mark Warkentien tried to arrange a meeting with Bynum and the Knicks staff, but it never materialized.
“The Knicks were very aggressive in the end,” his New York-based agent David Lee told The Post. “In the end, they did everything they could.”
The problem with a potential signing of Bynum is the same problem the Knicks run into with every other player they want to attempt to sign- they can only offer him the league minimum.
The Knicks only had the veteran’s minimum to offer, which pro-rated would have been $550,000. Indiana had part of its mid-level exception and can pay him a full $1 million for the rest of the season.
Clearing a roster spot for Bynum wouldn’t have been an issue as the Knicks have plenty of guys they could have parted ways with including Cole Aldrich and Toure’ Murry. Berman also noted that disgruntled guard Beno Udrih and Metta World Peace could have been released as well.
However at the end of the day Bynum ended up in Indiana, adding to their already impressive frontcourt, although I don’t see him carving out a big role with the Pacers.
But it is the same old story involving the Knicks as bad front office decisions prevented the Knicks from getting their man once again.