COMMENTARY | It didn't make sense in July. It makes sense now.
That was, until Cleveland signed him to a two-year, $24 million deal.
Bynum is gone and looking for another team and, just like in the summer, the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly interested. The Mavs weren't about to commit $12 million a year for someone who hadn't played in a year.
Dallas isn't going to give Bynum a ton of money this time. The Mavs can only offer the minimum and a starting spot.
But this time, it could work out for both parties if Bynum decides to go to Dallas.
Bynum needs to earn his money. The only time in his career that ever happened was the year he averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game with the Los Angeles Lakers. He's got two rings already. The next step is to prove he can consistently be the best big man in the game.
Getting a big contract like the one in Cleveland isn't enough motivation for someone who shot 41 percent from the floor in 24 games with the Cavaliers, a team that was supposed to be a lock to make the playoffs.
Now they more than likely will after getting Luol Deng for a bag of chips and a soda.
If Bynum goes to Dallas, that's the best scenario for him. The ship that is Samuel Dalembert has sailed. He would be the ideal complement to Dirk Nowitzki in the frontcourt, having a big man with sure hands that can finish around the rim. Plus, the Mavs could use Bynum's shot-blocking ability since he's averaged over a block per game since his second season in the league.
That doesn't hide the fact that he was a problem in Cleveland, and Dallas should be cautious just like the first time. His tantrums won't fly with Rick Carlisle, but if there's a coach in the league that can make it happen, it's Carlisle.
But there are two vital components the Mavs can offer Bynum that none of the other seven teams reportedly interested can: more money and franchise security
This would be the time to get Bynum as a low-risk, high-reward player. If he does more than enough to get Dallas to the playoffs and beyond, with all the cap space the Mavs will have next summer, they can make Bynum the center of the future while still going after another quality player.
Of course, all of this is guessing. That's what makes this fun. Do I think Bynum will turn it around in a month and stop being problematic, all while leading the Mavs to the playoffs? It'd be nice to think that way. At the end of the day, however, the team with the best chance of locking up Bynum is the Miami Heat.
Not only does everyone and his mother want to play in Miami, but we haven't heard a peep about Michael Beasley this year. Playing with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh does wonders for your career. Plus, Bynum could start at center and move Bosh back to power forward.
Thus, making Miami the perennial title favorites again, although he'll also get the minimum
It's going to be hard to go to a contender that's willing to pay the kind of money that Bynum wants, even after this summer. Dallas can offer him the opportunities he wants, and, if he performs, he'll get them.
But like I said, it's all guessing. This is fun.
Danny Webster is a Yahoo Contributor for the Dallas Mavericks. You can contact him by going on Twitter and following @DannyWebster21.
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