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Bynum Will Sign With These Teams
Andrew Bynum is a key part of the Howard trade saga, as he is the biggest piece that the Orlando Magic or a third team could get in a deal for Howard. So, when Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted that Bynum had a short list of teams he would sign with, it was big news.
Needless to say, those teams would have a major advantage in acquiring Bynum as part of a Howard deal. The three teams that Wojnarowski reported were Houston, Dallas and Cleveland, each of which have been mentioned in various rumors involving this Howard trade situation.
While Cleveland has wanted Bynum for a while, Houston has been interested in getting him or Howard, whichever they can. Dallas has been primarily interested in Howard, but it appears they do not have the trade assets to get either him or Bynum.
Bynum Does Not Have Such a List
The idea that Bynum had such a list lasted for a while, until July 26 when Chris Broussard of ESPN reported that Bynum had not spoken to any teams other than the Lakers and that he did not have any list of potential free agent destinations.
Apparently, no one really knows what Bynum wants to do, which has really complicated any kind of trade talks involving him in a deal for Howard. Bynum will probably become a free agent because, just like Howard, he stands to lose a ton of money if he merely signs an extension.
It seems like we forget how much money means in situations like these. Just because these players are already extremely wealthy does not mean that they do not care about getting top dollar for their play.
In that sense, it makes sense for Bynum to not have a list of teams he will sign with. By keeping the mystery alive around what he is thinking, he retains all the leverage with the Lakers and every other team interested in signing him.