Andrew Bynum seriously overvalues his own worth.
It's been three weeks since the Chicago Bulls released the oft-injured center, notes ESPN's Arash Markazi, yet the former first-round draft pick hasn't gotten a sniff of interest around the NBA:
ESPN's Marc Stein offers a couple of reasons for this, along with a stunning revelation that Bynum is looking for more money than the veteran's minimum:
For a point of reference, Byum, who is an eight-year veteran, would earn $1.265 million on a minimum salary for the 2013-14 season, per RealGM.com. For most of us who'll never see that kind of cash, it's insane to think Bynum is holding out for more.
Especially considering how much of an absolute non-factor he's been in the league since missing the entire 2012-13 season.
At his best, Bynum was a decent—but not great—center who has averaged 11.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He always seemed to be right on the cusp of greatness in the NBA, but he never came close to achieving it.
Playing sporadically for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, he only managed 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks playing approximately 20 minutes per game for 24 games.
There are literally dozens upon dozens of big men who could put put up similar numbers, and plenty of them come with far less risk than Bynum.
Remember, this is the same cat who admitted not so long ago that he was seriously contemplating retirement, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: "It was a thought, it [retirement] was a serious thought. Still is. At the moment, it’s tough to enjoy the game because of how limited I am physically. I’m still sort of working through that."
Teams know he's a shell of his former self, back when he was a better-than-average center in the NBA. Now that he's been dealing with chronic knee problems that have caused him to play with even less explosion than he did before, Bynum has turned into a below-average NBA center.
And even worse, nobody really knows if he has the internal hunger and desire to overcome his physical limitations, which Stein alluded to in the opening.
One team that was thought to have some interest in early January was the Los Angeles Clippers, but Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times quickly shot that down, citing Bynum's many issues during his tumultuous tenure with Cleveland:
At this point, it will be utterly shocking if Bynum ends up signing any contract—even a veteran's minimum. His NBA stock is at an all-time low, and teams in need of help down low will likely be looking elsewhere to find it.
The fact that the center still thinks he's worth more than the minimum suggests he's out of touch with this fact, though the lack of league interest should be an obvious sign.
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