The Major Problems with Signing Andrew Bynum

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The Major Problems with Signing Andrew Bynum
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Andrew Bynum-palooza has been anti-climatic.

ESPN's Marc Stein says a number of teams remain interested in signing the 7-footer, who most recently played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but notes this has become a slow-moving process:

The race to sign Andrew Bynum appears to be unfolding at a slower pace than Bynum hoped.

The 26-year-old became a free agent Thursday night after clearing waivers, but the latest rumblings on the league's personnel grapevine suggest that more teams are backing away from the idea as opposed to gambling on the talented but undependable 7-footer.

The snail-like pace of this saga is further proof Bynum isn't as highly regarded as he once was. What happened in Cleveland severely damaged his stock, and it shows.

Plenty of teams have been linked to the 26-year-old, but no one has taken an actual bite. And who could blame them? At this stage of his injury-riddled career, Bynum isn't a sure thing in any aspect of the game. Not mentally, not physically.

"When I worked with Andrew I found him to be bright & hardworking but I think he got bored with the repetitive nature of working on basketball fundamentals day in and day out... but they are the keys to long term success," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a revealing Facebook post just before the New Year.

Once upon a time, his skill set and ceiling trounced his mounting list of issues. Now, nearly a decade since his NBA debut, he's a problem player, struggling to generate interest.


*Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference and (subscription required) unless otherwise noted.

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