This is really no surprise from the Houston Rockets. They were one of the teams going after Dwight Howard (they can still go after him when he hits free agency this summer) last summer.
Well, they apparently made it known on who they’re going after this summer as well. Here’s Howard Eskin from 94WIP Radio from CBS Philly:
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) February 25, 2013
The Houston Rockets still have plenty of cap space for this season. Last year, they added Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik via poison pill contracts. And then before the season started, they made a huge trade for James Harden. So they have a nice young core with those three guys, along with Chandler Parsons and possibly Thomas Robinson, who they acquired in a trade recently.
With Andrew Bynum added to the line-up, what would the Rockets do? Play twin towers? Trade Asik to make room for Bynum?
Plus how much are the Rockets willing to offer? The returns would be tremendous, if Bynum was healthy. He hasn’t played at all this season as he has been nursing a knee injury this entire time. Would he get the maximum deal from Houston? Are the Rockets willing to risk four years for someone who hasn’t played this season?
The Philadelphia 76ers also have a conundrum. Do they sign him for the max as well? Because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Sixers are the only one that can offer him a five-year deal, so the security is definitely tempting for Bynum. But Bynum does plan to look at his free agency options. Still, with his injury history, Bynum is a huge risk.
There’s no doubt on what Bynum can do. Last season, he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Lakers. He was also an all-star for the first time. We’ll see what team Bynum chooses once the summer hits.