Ranking Andrew Bynum's 5 Most Likely Landing Spots in 2013 Free Agency

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Ranking Andrew Bynum's 5 Most Likely Landing Spots in 2013 Free Agency
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While Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will draw most of the free-agency attention heading into the summer of 2013, Andrew Bynum lurks as a potential game-changer, too.

When healthy, Bynum is one of the best two-way centers in the league. He hinted at his superstar potential during his final season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011-12 by averaging 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

"When healthy" is the key qualifier when it comes to assessing Bynum, though. After the Lakers traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers in August 2012, Bynum didn't play a single minute during the 2012-13 season due to a litany of knee troubles, much to the chagrin of Sixer fans.

He's appeared in all 82 games only once during his eight-year career, which begs the question of how many games a team can realistically expect out of him in a given year.

As he enters unrestricted free agency, teams will have to weigh both sides of the Bynum equation. Do the benefits of his post play outweigh the risks of his health troubles?

With that in mind, let's look at Bynum's five most likely landing spots in the summer of 2013, based on available salary cap space, team fit and risk aversion.

 

Note: Salary information comes from HoopsHype. Projected cap space totals are my own. 

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