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Mavericks serious about pursuing Bynum

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Since the Dallas Mavericks were unable to land free agent center Dwight Howard, they are turning their attention to Andrew Bynum.

ESPN reported that the Mavericks are serious about Bynum, who was out all last season after having knee surgery. Bynum went from the Lakers to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the four-team trade that sent Howard to the Lakers.

Bynum did not play a game for the Sixers and is a free agent.

The ESPN report stated that the Mavericks will evaluate Bynum very carefully before making a decision about him. Bynum is not holding workouts for interested teams but providing MRI results and medical reports.

The Mavericks could offer a low-risk deal to Bynum similar to what the Minnesota Timberwolves gave Brandon Roy, who also had knee troubles and eventually retired. The deal could be a multi-year contract with team options after the first year and a pre-existing condition clause that could void the deal to protect the team.

Bynum has averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 392 career NBA games.
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