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Trade Analysis: Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Chicago Bulls get: C Andrew Bynum, a future protected first round pick (conveyed via Sacramento Kings), two 2nd round picks (conveyed via Portland Trail Blazers)
Cleveland Cavaliers get: SF Luol Deng
Although it seemed like an eternity, the “Andrew Bynum” saga, as it were, only played out for less than two weeks.
On December 28th, the former oft-injured Lakers All-Star center got himself suspended from a Cleveland team 10 games under .500 for “conduct detrimental to the team”. Sometimes this very vague violation is code for “this guy was being a disruptive asshole in the locker room” or “he was being disrespectful to the coaching staff” or even “this player is not talented enough for us to put up with his BS”. All of those descriptions really mean the same thing, but the baseline qualifier here is very much the last one: the perpetrator in question doesn’t add enough on the court to balance his being a dick.
As a casual observer of Andrew Bynum for his entire career up until last season when he was a part of a four team trade for Dwight Howard, I can attest that nothing has really changed from what I can tell of his antics in Cleveland. He’s always had this strange, faraway stare in his eyes while addressing anyone, which often extends to a disengaged gaze that’s plastered all across his face while he’s on the court. Bynum might not be immature as much as he’s just a very strange fellow, though the end result of either opinion is the same: he can be a hard teammate to get along with and a harder player to coach.
I’m not at all surprised that it didn’t work out for him in Cleveland. With his injury history, organizations are no longer looking at him like a prospect that a team can grow around or needs to be fostered for future production. He’s been extremely erratic on the court, no doubt a side effect of the ravages his multiple knee surgeries and rehabilitations. Drew himself has expressed that he doesn’t know if it’s even possible to get back to his All-NBA form, a statement which has partially led to the situation he’s in now. His infrequent bursts of talent weren’t at all offsetting what a huge pain in the ass he’s been, a situation which the Cavs smartly thought of when constructing his contract this offseason.… Read more...

With Gasol for Bynum on the table, should the Lakers pull the trigger?

Some would say that this Lakers season couldn’t look much worse. With injury piling on top of injury including several to a living franchise legend and the team slowly slipping into standings oblivion, this 82 game slate is looking desolate. Despite a future that gets better and better with each loss, I couldn’t imagine this year getting much worse.
But it could. What if you had to root for Andrew Bynum again?
According to Ramona Shelburne and Brian Windhorst of, this nightmarish possibility has progressed beyond mere speculation. Bynum has been on the block for a week, having been suspended by Cleveland for what essentially amounts to bad behavior and a crappy attitude. This should come to no surprise to Lakers fans everywhere, as Drew spent the majority of his career in LA being, for lack of a most fitting term, a dumbass.
The Cavaliers are “aggressively” shopping him, with the main draw of his acquisition being his only partially guaranteed deal that would essentially serve as a way for any team to wipe millions off their salary cap figure. Bynum has been only somewhat effective on the court this year, vacillating wildly in his performance from game to game. Any organization that would be trading for him would most likely value any financial contribution he’d make over anything he could do on the floor.
(Read on at Silver Screen & Roll)

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Uncle Drew’s World: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Preview

Cleveland’s great hope for the future.

Starting Five: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, SF Earl Clark, PF Tristan Thompson, C Andrew Bynum
Key Bench Players: SF Anthony Bennett, PG Jarrett Jack, PF Anderson Varejao, G-F CJ Miles, F Tyler Zeller, G-F Alonzo Gee
Notable offseason additions: Coach Potato Head (Mike Brown), C Andrew Bynum, PF Anthony Bennett (#1 overall pick), PG Jarrett Jack, SF Earl Clark, G-F Sergey Karasev (#19 overall pick), G-F Carrick Felix (#33 overall pick)
Notable offseason subtractions: SG Wayne Ellington, G-F Omri Casspi, G Daniel Gibson, F Luke Walton, PG Shaun Livingston, G Chris Quinn, PF Kevin Jones
FACT OR FICTION: The Cleveland Cavaliers are a playoff team in 2013-2014.
FACT. Following the implosion of both Boston and Milwaukee this off-season, there looks to be a four team race for the seven and eight seeds. The usual suspects (Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Knicks, Nets, and probably Hawks) appear safe, but the Cavaliers, Wizards, Pistons, and Raptors (?!) are in the running for the next up and comer in the East. While each fanbase has lots of reasons for optimism, I really like where Cleveland is sitting right now and think they’ll take the 7/8.

Even if Anthony Bennett is a stretch at #1, they had a promising core already with Irving, Waiters, Thompson, and Varejao, a group that will only get better and is now complemented by some stellar off-season signings. Jarrett Jack was an absolute ROCK for Golden State and will bring the kind of moxie in the clutch that can bail out Cleveland in big moments. Earl Clark was a great signing who will provide a lot of depth, defense, and versatility. The Cavs managed to get both for just $11M next season, which is perfectly reasonable.… Read more...

(Not So) Instant Trade Analysis: The high upside free agent gambles of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers get: C Andrew Bynum (two years, $24 million, though only one year for $6 million is guaranteed), G Jarrett Jack (four years, $26 million), F Earl Clark (two years, $9 million)
The Cavaliers certainly won’t win a NBA title before LeBron James, but they’re getting closer.
That’s not to say Cleveland has made championship-caliber maneuvers this summer. They have. Potentially.
Within the last two weeks, the Cavaliers have gone on a wild spending spree that could cost as much as $59 million for three free agents that have earned three wildly divergent deals than what was expected of them before the 2012-2013 season.
After being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the four-team Nikola Vucevic trade (which becomes a more and more fascinating deal by the day—only Vucevic, Moe Harkless, Al Harrington, Arron Afflalo and Jason Richardson remain on the same squads they were dealt to in a 10-player deal a year ago), many figured Bynum was headed for a maximum value contract after the season. New owner Josh Harris even went on record during Andrew’s press conference as to saying “Where do I sign?” in regards to a new deal. 11 months later, Bynum still hasn’t played second for the Sixers . He’s settling for a relative pittance, with just $6 million guaranteed on a two year, “make good” contract (the second year is a club option). A far cry from the $80-$110 million he could have grabbed had he played in even three quarters of the season.  While most folks assumed that Bynum would have suffered some sort of injury during the year, few prognosticated that he would only participate in one practice and zero games for Philly.… Read more...

Andrew Bynum: Best Case and Worst Case Scenarios

“Bottom line is Andrew is out indefinitely,” DiLeo said before the Sixers played the Oklahoma City Thunder. “There are no timelines; we just have to wait and see how he reacts.”

“His knees now and the MRIs are not the same; it’s a different type (of) situation,” DiLeo said. “At the time of the trade, we had four doctors look at his MRI; we knew it was a calculated risk. We also knew we were getting the second-best center in the league, a franchise-type player. We took that risk.”

Just two days ago, this was the quote from the Philadelphia 76ers, and represented every single fear that they had upon dealing for him in a four-team trade last August. In fact, this exact situation is was the “worst case scenario” that MAMBINO listed in our Philly season preview.

Drew has again fallen prey to a knee injury, though this time the cause is as nebulous as the man himself. For weeks, the Sixers have been maintaining that a “bone bruise” has been the source of Bynum’s absence, with mysterious, non-surgical treatments being used to try and get the new Philly center on the court. However, unlike previous catastrophic injuries from on-court mishaps, the fear of the unknown is seems to be more frightening than watching him writhe in pain on the floor.Matching up the words “Andrew Bynum” and “indefinitely” creates a sentence more terrifying to fans of his teams than the words “Andrew Bynum” and “your babysitter” together.

There’s no return date for Bynum, but according to DiLeo, a December debut is absolutely out of the question. Whether or not Drew comes back at all this season, which at this point is a possibility, could totally change the complexion of the massive deal that sent 12 players and four 1st round draft choices around the league. Let’s take a look at how the best case, worst case and everything in between could change how the “Dwight Howard” trade will be viewed going forward. … Read more...

Will Andrew Bynum Work? – Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview

Starting Five: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Jason Richardson, SF Evan Turner, PF Spencer Hawes, C Andrew Bynum

Key Bench Players: PG Royal Ivey, SG Nick Young, SF Dorrell Wright, SF Thaddeus Young, PF/C Lavoy Allen, C Kwame Brown
Notable offseason additions: C Andrew Bynum, SF Dorrell Wright, PG Royal Ivey, SG Nick Young
Offseason subtractions: F Maurice Harkless (15th overall pick), C Nikola Vucevic, G Willie Greene, F Andre Iguodala, SG Sam Young, G Lou Williams
It’s no secret that THE GREAT MAMBINO holds Andrew Bynum in great esteem. To say the least, he’s an extremely complicated young man whose insistence on constant improvement to his game is remarkable considering his injury history. Bynum has moved along relatively anonymously the past years under bigger stars in Los Angeles, whose personalities have outweighed even Andrew’s idiosyncrasies. However, Lakers wouldn’t have won the 2010 title without the 2012 2nd Team All-NBAer, nor would they have been in contention from 2008 until 2012. When he wants to be, he’s one of the truly dominant two-way players in the league, scoring at will and exerting his full dominance on defense. Other than his health problems (which have already manifested themselves in training camp), there’s no reason why Andrew can’t be one of the top twenty players in the NBA.

But Bynum is moving onto Philadelphia. The city that’s done this:

Or this:

Needless to say, Philadelphia’s not the type of city to put up with Andrew Bynum’s bullcrap. Episodes like postponing surgery in order to attend the World Cup. Or double parking in a handicap spot. Or shooting a three-pointer in transition. Or sitting on the bench during huddles. Or proclaiming that “close-out games are actually kind of easy”, and going on to lose the next two contests.

Andrew has largely been able to live life as a care-free twenty-something, because frankly, the town was always too busy roasting Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Phil Jackson, Pete Carrol, Frank McCourt, Donald Sterling and so forth and so forth. Even if Bynum was the biggest attraction in town, which is an impossibility because of Staples Center’s proximity to Hollywood, the truth is that the intensity from the west coast fanbase could never reach the every day heights from our east coast brethren. This is a completely different discussion altogether, but I don’t need to convince anyone that Chargers, Niners and Seahawks fans are decidedly less venomous than Jets, Steelers and Patriots fans on the whole.

After the four-way trade in August brought Drew to the Atlantic Northeast, any question surrounding t… Read more...

Derrick Rose Is Not Walking Through That Door – Chicago Bulls Season Preview

Starting Five: PG Kirk Hinrich, SG Richard Hamilton, SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer, C Joakim Noah
Key Bench Players: G Marco Belinelli, G Marquis Teague, F Taj Gibson, F Jimmy Butler
Key Additions: G Marco Belinelli, G Kirk Hinrich, C Nazr Mohammed, F Vladimir Radmanovic, G Nate Robinson, G Marquis Teague, F Jimmy Butler
Key Departures: F Ronnie Brewer, G C.J. Watson, G John Lucas, G/F Kyle Korver, and C Omer Asik
To borrow a phrase from Rick Pitino, “Michael Jordan is not walking through that door. Scottie Pippen is not walking through that door. Phil Jackson is not walking through that door.” True, but as much as the names in the starting five and bench are relatively uninspiring, the two most important names in the franchise today were left off. And as long as Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau are in the picture, so are the Bulls.

Of course there is no team that has their season dangling on the word “if” more than the Bulls. When it was announced that Rose was the youngest MVP in the game under seventeen months ago, it was assumed that America would have to count on Rose and the Bulls to be the greatest obstacle for LeBron’s first title. Perhaps the argument that Rose is the greatest obstacle to LeBron still holds water as LeBron handled every competitor he faced last year, but perhaps Rose will never be the same again. As he said earlier this month in regards to coming back, he has literally had to learn to walk again. Estimates have Rose coming back sometime before March, but obviously that is speculative. Regardless of when he comes back, Chicago’s point guard probably won’t be the same player – at least not right away. People might believe that the Bulls will be “trading for an MVP” in adding Rose, but he won’t have the benefits of training camp or in-game competition to build himself up before competing. There are those that believe he may never be the same player again, so don’t expect an MVP caliber player until at least a full calendar year from now.
That being said, the rest of the Bulls are not too shabby. Keep in mind this is a team that went 18-9 in the regular season without Rose last year. Although all of his numbers were down last year, Kirk Hinrich is a capable fill-in for Rose and will be a nice player to eventually come off the

The Life and Times of Andrew Bynum

Immature. Strange. Dominant. Lazy. Enigmatic. Brash. Uncompetitive. Headstrong. Captivating. Passive. Disrespectful. Talented.

All those are words to describe the new Philadelphia 76ers center and yet, a muddled jumble of seemingly unconnected adjectives couldn’t come close to painting the portrait of the irrepressible Andrew Bynum.

In sixty years of Lakers basketball, whose history spans from the blue collar mid-western sprawl of Minneapolis/St. Paul to the glamorous lights of Los Angeles, the franchise hasn’t seen many players that closely fit the profile of Drew. We’ve covered him extensively on MAMBINO, including this article that made us the middling featherweight sports blog that you’ve come to at least know, if not love.

In his seven seasons with the Lakers, the term that would most accurately described Drew is “a walking contradiction”. Which man is he? The guy who involuntarily entered JJ Barea into a midget shotputting contest, put off knee surgery to attend the World Cup or the player who has recognized a weakness in his game each offseason, and has worked extremely hard to improve himself year after year? He’s a fragile player who has undergone no less than three major knee surgeries since being drafted in 2005, and yet, has diligently toiled to bring himself back from what has to be a demoralizing medical chart. He has often visibly tuned out teammates and coaches, and still, the most competitive athlete in the NBA, Kobe Bryant, raves about his work ethic and desire to win.
At the essence of Andrew, I truly believe that he is a competitive person who perhaps just doesn’t care about basketball as much as he cares that it’s something he’s extremely good at. I’m not sure that the concept of a “team” or the franchise is all that important to him, but I am certain that he enjoys being dominant and exerting what can be a mammoth hand print all over a contest.
All that being said, the road to where he is today–2nd Team All-NBA honors, a starting All-Star berth, averages of 19/12 on 56% shooting–is an accurate reflection of Bynum; a paradoxical series of events, ranging from the hilarious to the disappointing. Maybe, adding judgment to any descriptive word about Drew isn’t appropriate. Perhaps we should just value him for being what he is; fascinating. Presenting The Life and Times of Andrew Bynum.

June 28th, 2005: After averaging 19 points, 15 rebounds and almost 6 blocks his senior year at St. Joseph High School in New Jersey, Bynum decides that instead of playing collegiate basketball at UConn that he would instead enter the 2005 NBA Draft. He was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, who had a lottery pick for the first time in over ten years, and for only the 3rd time in the past 25. The other two Lakers lottery picks? Magic Johnson (1st overall, 1979) and James Worthy (1st overall, 198). Immediately, Bynum had a large shoes to fill.
November 2nd, 2005: In a game against the Denver Nuggets, Bynum becomes the youngest player (at 18 years, 6 days) to ever step on the court as a professional, in his six minutes that night. I’m not going to say specifically that Drew was a fat teenager, but he wasn’t NOT a fat teenager.

January 15th, 2006:
For only the second time since Shaquille O’Neal had been traded, the then 3-time NBA champion faced off against his former team in Los Angeles. During the game, Shaquille dunked hard over his doughy successor, giving Bynum a cold glance down the court

Instant Trade Analysis: Dwight Howard to the Los Angles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers get: C Dwight Howard, PG Chris Duhon, SF Earl Clark
Orlando Magic get: PF Moe Harkless, C Nikola Vucevic (from Philadelphia), F Al Harrigton, SG Arron Afflalo (from Denver), 3 1st round picks (from Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles), 2 2nd round picks
Philadelphia 76ers get: C Andrew Bynum (from Los Angeles), SF Jason Richardson (from Orlando)
Denver Nuggets get: F Andre Iguodala (from Philadelphia)
In a trade that had become so apparent that it eventually became surprising again, the Orlando Magic have finally traded Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team deal that immediately changes the face of each franchise.
To break this mammoth deal down, let’s go city-by-city:… Read more...

State of Laker Nation Playoffs Recap: Too Big, Too Strong, Too Good

“If I play good D, we’ll win games. I think I’m just going to be as aggressively as I can defensively to contest their shots. … You’ve got to win Game 1. Statistics are against the teams that lose Game 1, especially on the home court.”

Andrew Bynum’s quote after game 1 of the Western Conference first round matchup of the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets summed it up pretty tidily. With a monstrous 10/13/10 block performance, number 17 made his presence felt on every part of the floor, helping limit the highest scoring team in the league this year to only 88 points on 35% shooting. The Lakers won the first game of a potential 16 on the way to their 17th NBA title, and handily at that. With a wire-to-wire 103-88 W, LA thoroughly dominated the game, allowing only 1 Nugget over 12 points (Danilo Gallinari, with 19), and perhaps more importantly, limiting any Denver player to 8 or less rebounds.

As you might suspect, the key to victory here was size, plain and simple. Not just that the Lakers physically tower over the much smaller and less intimidating Denver squad, but the metaphorical weight of their strategy in defeating their first-round opponents. It was HOW the Lakers controlled the game with their size that led to their victory, rather than the easy headline of a Bynum triple-double or Kobe dropping 31 points on 24 shots.

From start to finish, the Lakers completely controlled the game in the paint with their size and the strategy that it’s predicated on. LA crushed them on the defensive boards, limiting the Nuggets to only 30 rebounds on their end, compared to the Lakers 41 on theirs. Looking at the statistics, Denver was able to reach or exceed it’s season average in fast-break points, shot attempts, turnovers and fouls, and yet, the game looked as slow as the Lakers wanted it to be. The reason? The Lakers scored 64 points in the paint, blocked an astonishing 15 of the Nuggets shot attempts and outrebounded their opponents by 6.

“Too big, too strong, too good”? Right on the money, Stu, but not quite the entire story. The team’s mid-range game was on point, with Kobe moving all around the floor for his 31 points (but scoring the majority of his chances at the rim) and Devin Ebanks knocking down 10 footers early in the contest.

Moving to Game 2 tonight, I’m going for look for Denver to…

1) Give a lot more minutes to Ty Lawson: Denver has got to let him penetrate and probe (ye dog) a bit more often. The Lakers were able to limit Lawson’s effectiveness by some stunningly good defense by Ramon Sessions, but the Lakers’ PG doing this for two games isn’t something I’d count on. I’d look for a much more explosive Lawson in game 2, not to mention being much more involved with the offense.

2) Throw up the rock from distance: The Nuggs only shot 14 3’s on Sunday, making 4. During the regular season, they threw up nearly 20 treys a game, making almost 7. The Nuggets biggest weakness in this series is being completely dominated inside, on both ends of the floor. They need to space out the Lakers and try to sink a few shots from long to break up the defense. This might not be easy with the type of perimeter defense the Lakers are using, but the Nuggets are quicker and craftier, and need to find ways to get open and hit difficult shots from long.  

3) Which starts with Danilo Gallinari: Oddly enough, Gallinari fancied himself a post player in game 1, moving around pretty impressively in the lane for a guy who I thought had an allergy to painRead more...