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Golden State Warriors Need to Throw the House at Andrew Bynum

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 12:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 12, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIMay 12, 2011

Andrew Bynum is available for trade, or at least we think he is, after a "bush league" foul on the Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea, which paired with speculation that Dwight Howard may be heading west to Los Angeles, has sent the NBA media's minds wandering.

Bynum's departure from Game 4 of the Lakers/Mavericks series seemed almost LeBron James-esque. James left his last game as a Cleveland Cavalier in much the same way Bynum did, with their shirts off as if to say "I'm done with this."

Whether Bynum meant to evoke that image or not, we will not know. But it is the Howard heading to L.A. speculation that may play the biggest role in whether or not Bynum is a Laker next season.

If the Lakers pursue Howard, then they will need room at the center position, and Bynum would seem to be the odd man out.

If this is the case, teams will be sprinting to acquire Bynum.

The 23-year-old big man boasts the defensive and offensive abilities that not many players his size own, which makes him a hot commodity if he is available.

If there was ever a team that needed a center with his set of skills, it is every team, but the Golden State Warriors need him most.

A player like Bynum could put the Warriors over the top in the Western Conference and into the playoffs, most certainly.

The talk has always been about how the Warriors need a big man to build around, and the opportunity to get a big man with his ability does not get much better than this.

The Warriors need to throw the house at Andrew Bynum and the Lakers.

By the house, I mean anything.

Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry, you name it, the Lakers get it in exchange for Bynum.

It has come to a point with the Warriors that they cannot win with a stellar backcourt. They need a legitimate center if they want to win, and his name is not Andris Biedrins.

A frontcourt of Bynum and David Lee is a duo the Warriors can build around. Building around Ellis and Curry is not. It's been proven with 36 wins this season, and less the season before.

Just a possibility, but Curry, Dorell Wright, Lee and Bynum sounds a lot better than Ellis, Curry, Wright and Lee.

I am not saying that Ellis is on his way out of Golden State, but if the Warriors want to acquire Bynum, either Ellis or Curry, plus a package of players and draft picks, will be L.A.-bound.

But it's worth it.

Give the Lakers what they want, because an opportunity to snag a center of his caliber does not come along that often, especially for a team that has not had a legitimate center since Nate Thurmond in 1974.

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