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NBA Trade Rumors: Would Andrew Bynum Make Cavaliers Contenders in the East?
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The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been relevant to the NBA title picture ever since LeBron James left his hometown team for the allures of South Beach, but could the potential addition of Andrew Bynum add them back into the mix?

HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy reported a story that claimed the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Cavaliers were involved in discussions about a three-team trade: 

One scenario would send Howard to Los Angeles, Andrew Bynum to Cleveland and a package of picks and prospects to Orlando, according to sources.

The Lakers would land Howard, who they have been aggressively pursuing for quite some time.

The Cavaliers would acquire a second star to put alongside Kyrie Irving, one that they should be able to keep long-term since Cleveland has been mentioned as a team that Bynum will consider signing an extension with.

Kennedy's report has since been denied by a number of sources, but let's let the hypothetical play out for a number of reasons. 

Bynum has made it known that Cleveland is one of his preferred destinations in free agency next year, so we may be looking at this same situation a year from now anyway. Plus, as Dwight Howard has taught us, don't rule out any possibility. 

Even if the original rumor didn't prove to be true, it could still happen. 

So, if Bynum lands with the Cavs, are they contenders?


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