New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is going to have to get very creative this offseason when looking to improve the Knicks roster.
Jackson has already shown the tendency to bring people he is comfortable with aboard, judging by his only move so far- the Lamar Odom signing- and the Knicks current search for a head coach.
With that being said, could Jackson roll the dice on another one of his former players this summer and bring Andrew Bynum to town?
Since being dealt from the Los Angeles Lakers two seasons ago, Bynum has been all but worthless due to injury and attitude concerns. He didn’t play a single game in 2013 with the Philadelphia 76ers and managed to pay only 26 last season, 24 with Cleveland and two with Indiana, where he averaged only 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. However those weren’t bad numbers considering he only saw 19 minutes of action per night.
The free agent has stated he wants to play for the Lakers again, but could a stop in New York be the next best thing.
Jackson has seemed to be the only person that has been able to get through to Bynum in his career and the 26-year old performed well at times under the Zen Master’s tutelage.
Throw in the fact that the Knicks have been a brutal rebounding team the past two years and adding a guy like Bynum on a very cheap deal actually makes a little bit of sense if he is healthy.
Bynum has done his part in encouraging not only the Knicks but any other team from even looking at him, but with a lack of cap space, Jackson is going to have to roll the dice and hope he doesn’t crap out.
Sure Bynum is a risk, but it is a low-risk, high-reward type of situation. If Bynum can get back to being even half of what he was three years ago, it could be a big win for the Knicks. If he isn’t and proves to be a problem, there is no loss from booting him right out the door.
During a three-year span from 2009-2012, the former Laker averaged 15 points and nine rebounds a night while playing a big role in two championship runs.
ESPN New York also sees Bynum as a possibility:
[Bynum’s] reputation and career seems to be in need of repair after the injuries and drama over the past two seasons. If anyone can get him back on track, its Phil Jackson, whom Bynum enjoyed success with in Los Angeles.
The Knicks have shown interest in Bynum in the past, going after him after his release from Cleveland this season.
This time around it may make a little more sense to roll the dice.