Andrew Bynum

Sixers Notes: Simmons, Saric, McConnell

The Sixers lost to the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals and Lavoy Allen believes that if Philadelphia had prevailed in that contest, the franchise would be in a much different position, as Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer relays.

“We would have had a couple of more years with [Nikola Vucevic], Andre Iguodala, and a few of the guys,” said Allen. “We would have had some more good years if we would have kept that team together.”

Instead, the team pivoted, making a trade for Andrew Bynum. The big man wasn’t able to stay on the court and a year later, The Process was born.

Here’s more from Philadelphia:

  • Coach Brett Brown would like to see Ben Simmons participate in summer league, but it’s unclear if the 2016 No.1 overall pick will be healthy enough to play, Pompey passes along in the same piece. “His health and the judgment of his health rules the day. I don’t know what that looks like when we are talking about the summer league,” Brown said.
  • Brown would like to see the Sixers add shooters this offseason, David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News relays. “We need shooters,” Brown said. “That’s kind of the bottom line. We need to get Ben Simmons the ball, we need to have Joel be Joel, and get a bunch of shooters around them.”
  • Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer believes Dario Saric is best suited for a role off the bench next season. The scribe believes Joel Embiid needs someone who can shoot from behind the arc next to him in the frontcourt and Saric only made 31.1% of his 3-point attempts this season.
  • If the Sixers want to win next season, T.J. McConnell may give them the best chance to do so, Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News opines. Hayes is a fan of the point guard’s defense and he believes McConnell will return better immediate value at the position than Simmons or a first-round draft pick would.

Report: Sixers Ordered To Pay $3MM To Pelicans

SUNDAY, 3:45pm: Pelicans officials refused to comment on whether they received $3MM from the Sixers, tweets John Reid of The Times-Picayune.

The NBA ordered the Sixers to pay $3MM to the Pelicans last season for not fully disclosing the extent of Jrue Holiday‘s injury before his 2013 trade, according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The Sixers dealt Holiday to New Orleans shortly after the 2013 draft in exchange for the rights to Nerlens Noel.

Two unidentified sources told Pompey that Holiday had stress fractures in his right leg during his last season in Philadelphia, but the Sixers didn’t provide full disclosure of the injury prior to the deal. Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie refused to comment on the report, but a team source said the allegation is untrue.

Holiday appeared in just 34 and 40 games in his first two seasons in New Orleans. He averaged 14.8 points and 6.9 assists this season, while helping the Pelicans reach the playoffs. Noel missed the entire 2013/14 season after the deal, but emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate this season, averaging 9.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

The sources say the Sixers are pursuing a similar complaint against the Lakers regarding Andrew Bynum, accusing Los Angeles of providing misinformation about Bynum’s injured knees. Bynum was traded to the Sixers as part of a four-team deal in 2012, but never played for Philadelphia because of his knee problems. “They are saying the Lakers didn’t disclose all of the information about Bynum’s knees,” one of the sources said. “They think they should be able to get some type of monetary resolution.”

Free Agent Stock Watch: Andrew Bynum

It has been a rough couple of years for center Andrew Bynum.  Prior to the 2012/13 season, the big man was shipped from the Lakers to the 76ers as a part of the four-team Dwight Howard trade.  Unfortunately, knee troubles cost him the entire year and he never suited up for Philadelphia.

The Cavs then seized the opportunity to sign a potentially elite big man at a discounted rate and inked him to a two-year, incentive-laden deal.  Bynum conceded early in the season that his knees were still holding him back and, for one reason or another, he wanted out of Cleveland.  He wrote his ticket out by shooting every time he touched the ball in practice regardless of where he was on the floor.  Apparently unimpressed by his confident approach to offense and his long-distance range, the Cavs packaged his contract and draft picks to acquire Luol Deng from the Bulls.  The Bulls dropped him, the Pacers picked him up, and he played in a grand total of two games for Indiana.

This isn’t quite how we all envisioned things working out for the former No. 10 overall pick.  Of course, while the last couple of years have raised major concerns about Bynum’s health and general attitude, it’ll be hard for teams to overlook the potential upside in signing him.  After all, he’s only a few years removed from his 2011/12 campaign where he averaged career highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8) on his way to his first career All-Star nomination.

Thanks to his physical condition and reputation, one has to imagine that Bynum can be had for the minimum salary.  And, even though he might not be the consummate teammate, we’d be surprised if someone wasn’t willing to roll the dice on him.  Earlier this month, the Clippers reportedly auditioned the big man while also scoping out Andray Blatche and Greg Oden in the same week.  Agent David Lee said in July that the Knicks could also have interest in his client while Bynum himself would like to reunite with the Lakers.  One has to wonder whether the Doc Rivers-led Clippers would want to chance tinkering with locker room chemistry.  Same goes for Phil Jackson in New York who waived fellow former pupil Lamar Odom after his conduct was apparently not up to par.

Bynum is also thinking about undergoing German Regenokine therapy on his knees which would cost him the entire 2014/15 season, so he might not sign with anyone for the upcoming season.  And, if Bynum decides to never return at all, he won’t be hurting for cash as he has earned nearly $80MM over the course of his career.

Clippers To Audition Bynum, Oden, Okafor

12:11pm: Andy Miller, the agent for Blatche, disputes the report, telling Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times that his client has no workout scheduled with the Clippers (Twitter link).

8:45am: The Clippers are set to work out free agent centers this week, with Andray Blatche, Andrew Bynum, Greg Oden and Emeka Okafor among those on the docket as the team seeks depth, reports Jorge Sedano of ESPN Radio (Twitter link). The inclusion of Bynum’s name is surprising, since last month he was giving serious thought to sitting out the season. There have been widespread questions about Okafor’s health, too, as Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote at the bottom of one of his pieces from last month.

Blatche was the most productive of the quartet last season, averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game for the Nets. Bynum appeared in only 26 games because of his persistent knee trouble, while Oden, mostly healthy over the course of a full season for the first time in his career, appeared in only 23 contests as a deep reserve for a Finals-bound Heat team. Okafor missed the entire season because of a herniated disk in his neck.

The hard-capped Clippers can only offer the minimum to anyone they sign. Oden, who has six years of official experience, is the only one among the four named in Sedano’s report who could receive a multiyear contract from the team. One-year deals for the minimum salary only count against a team’s cap for the two-year veteran’s minimum, so that would allow the team to ink deals with Blatche, Bynum and Okafor, each of whom has a minimum salary that exceeds the roughly $1.149MM that the Clippers have left under their hard cap. The team has only 12 players on its roster, so it will have to add another player eventually to reach the 13-man regular season minimum.

Andrew Bynum Considers Sitting Out 2014/15

Andrew Bynum is giving serious thought to undergoing Regenokine therapy on his troublesome knees and missing the entire 2014/15 season, agent David Lee tells Marc Berman of the New York Post. Lee insists to Berman that Knicks president Phil Jackson would have interest in signing Bynum, whom Jackson coached on the Lakers, once the oft-injured center is ready to play again.

Numerous athletes have undergone the German Regenokine therapy, but it generally doesn’t cost them quite as much time as Lee says Bynum would miss. Still, Bynum’s knees have proven remarkably fragile over the course of his nine-year career, forcing him to miss the entire 2012/13 season.

The 26-year-old is a free agent after appearing in just two games last season for the Pacers, who signed him February 1st. He spent the first half of the season with the Cavs, but he had a falling out with the team, which scrambled to trade him before his $6MM partially guaranteed salary became fully guaranteed for more than $12MM. They shipped him to the Bulls in the Luol Deng trade, and Chicago promptly waived Bynum before the guarantee deadline.

There hasn’t been much interest in Bynum, a former All-Star, since his time with the Pacers ended, as our rumors page for him shows. Bynum told TMZ last month that he’d like to play for the Lakers again. Jackson has already taken in one of his downtrodden former Lakers pupils, signing Lamar Odom late last season, but the Knicks waived him last week, with Jackson saying that Odom was “unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player” in the team’s statement. I’m not so sure that Jackson wants to risk going through a similar experience with Bynum.

Pacific Notes: Calipari, Bynum, West, Suns

John Calipari was rumored to be a candidate for the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy, but Los Angeles will need to look elsewhere for a successor to Mike D’Antoni, as the University of Kentucky has announced an extension with Calipari that will keep him around through the 2020/21 season. Here’s the latest from the Pacific:

  • Andrew Bynum‘s injury woes have kept him from playing an entire 82-game season since 2006/07, and the free agent big man’s stock is not exactly at an all time high going into the offseason. Still, if he gets the chance to play in the NBA next year, Bynum would prefer to suit up for the Lakershe tells TMZ.
  • Delonte West will play for the Clippers’ summer league team, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. West, 30, hasn’t suited up for an NBA club since 2011/12,.
  • Today’s predraft workouts for the Suns included Elfrid Payton, T.J. Warren, Nick Johnson, Melvin Ejim, and Roscoe Smith, tweets Paul Coro of AZCentral. The Suns hold three first-round picks in this year’s draft.
  • Earlier today, Hoops Rumors’ Chuck Myron examined the state of the Lakers’ roster heading into the summer as part of our Offseason Outlook series.

And-Ones: Draft, Bulls, Pacers

Solomon Jones has signed on with Dongguan Snowwolf in the NBL, and will play the next few months in China, reports Gino Pilato of D-League Digest. Jones played in 17 games with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League this season. In 17 games, Jones averaged 8.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 1.4 BPG. He also appeared in 11 games for the Magic this year, averaging 1.3 PPG and 1.5 RPG in 7.7 minutes per contest. Jones will likely be considered for an NBA Summer League roster spot this summer, opines Pilato.

More from around the league:

  • The staff at Basketball Insiders released their first Mock Draft of the year.
  • Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com examines the relationship between the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau. The article looks at what compensation the Bulls would ask for if Thibodeau wanted to leave for another coaching job, and if the two sides can co-exist for the three years remaining on his contract.
  • Sean Deveney of The Sporting News released his latest Mock Draft.
  • With the earlier report that Andrew Bynum‘s was out for the rest of the post season, the Pacers experiment with him would appear to be over, writes Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. The move didn’t work out on the court, notes Aschburner, but it also might have rattled Roy Hibbert‘s confidence and trust, which may explain his tailspin towards the end of the season. The article also notes that sources said coach Frank Vogel upset Hibbert when he ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely called for Hibbert.
  • Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders examines what steps the Bobcats need to take to improve the team for next season.
  • Andrew Wiggins topped Chad Ford of ESPN.com‘s rankings for the top wing prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders thinks the Knicks and Bulls should attempt to work out a sign-and-trade for Carmelo Anthony. In the article he examines what assets it would take to get the deal done.

Andrew Bynum To Miss Rest Of Playoffs

Andrew Bynum will not play for the Pacers for the remainder of the playoffs, the team announced, noting that the center will “not be with the team” going forward. That he will no longer play this season is no surprise, since he hadn’t made an appearance on the court since March 15th as he’s dealt with ongoing knee trouble. Still, the team’s seeming dismissal of Bynum is noteworthy.

“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved,” as Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement from the team. “We wish him the best in the future.”

Bynum will remain on the team’s roster, though his contract expires June 30th. The Pacers signed the former All-Star for $1MM on February 1st, but he only played in two games. He’s nonetheless attended practices and games, though he hasn’t been around the team since its first-round series against the Hawks, as Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star points out (Twitter link).

Central Notes: Drummond, Bulls, Bynum

Andre Drummond tells Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press that the many Pistons losses this season have taken their toll on the young big man. “That’s how it goes sometimes. Nothing good comes easy, and nothing starts off easy, either. Tough starts will help us build this team and this organization,” said Drummond. Ellis points out that if the Pistons finish low enough to keep their lottery pick, it would be little consolation if continued losing sours Drummond on the organization. Here’s more from around the Central:

  • Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times thinks speculation on Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau moving to the Knicks, or Carmelo Anthony signing with the Bulls, is a thing of the past, implying that Phil Jackson‘s tenure in New York will put an end to those possibilities.
  • Cowley adds that Gary Harris, Doug McDermott, K.J. McDaniels, and Zach LaVine could be good options for the Bulls in the draft. Barring a Bobcats late-season meltdown, Chicago will have Charlotte’s first round pick to go with their own in the 2014 draft, both of which are currently projected in the teens.
  • Carlos Delfino, lost for the year due to injury, won’t be joining the Bucks for the remainder of the year, per Gery Woelfel of The Journal Times (Twitter link). The guard is opting to rehab in his home country of Argentina, and is still under contract with Milwaukee beyond this season.
  • Pacers backup center Andrew Bynum is sidelined indefinitely while he receives treatment for swelling and soreness to his knee, per a team release. Bynum has only played two games with Indiana since signing there in early February, and it’s no shock that his chronic knee issues are limiting his time.

Central Notes: Bynum, Sessions, Pistons

Andrew Bynum considered playing for both the Heat and the Lakers before signing with the Pacers, tweets Tom Moore of Calkins Media. The Lakers were viewed as a potential trading partner for the Cavs when Cleveland was looking to move him, but were not linked as a suitor once he hit free agency after being traded to and waived by the Bulls. Here’s more from the Central Division:

  • Bucks guard Ramon Sessions tells Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders that he was completely blindsided by the trade that sent him from the Bobcats to the Bucks.  “To be honest the trade was kind of last minute,” Sessions said. “I didn’t really hear too much coming up to the trade deadline but as we got closer I started getting calls from my agent and hearing certain things were happening behind the scenes. But it’s one of those things in the league that when it happens, you got to pack up and be ready to move on to another team.”
  • Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times thinks Bulls center Joakim Noah can be penciled into the All-NBA first team, and the $500,000 bonus that would come with that selection.
  • Pistons coach John Loyer tells Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News that the three-big lineup in Detroit can eventually work if the team is able to get consistent shooting from the perimeter. “You need spacing, two guys who can score the ball from the perimeter when you have those three on the floor,” said Loyer. “As long as those three are here and here together and playing productively, you’ll see them. It’s what we have. We want to put them in places where we think they can score the best. It’s your job as coach to figure out who you’re coaching and what they’re best at and put them in those spots.”

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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