Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Heat and Clippers Interested in Andrew Bynum Trade

Andrew Bynum was suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team last week. The Cavs are making calls to trade Bynum as quick as possible. Reports have surfaced that both the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers have some interest in the 7-foot center.

The Clippers are in need of a frontcourt backup for DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. They have two other 7-footers on the roster in Byron Mullins and Ryan Hollins, but neither player averages more than 3 points and 2 rebounds per game in a backup role. If nothing else, a trade with Cleveland would give them size for size. A return to LA would be right up Bynum’s alley and is a preferred destination on his short list of teams.

The Heat are looking for a back-up center for Chris Bosh, who is the team’s tallest player at only 6 ’10. They took a gamble on Greg Oden in the offseason, but he has been ruled out indefinitely after another knee surgery. Miami would lack the size to contend in the paint with the Indiana Pacers or any Western Conference team they may face if they make it to The Finals.

Bynum is currently in the first year of his two-year $24 million deal. He is only guaranteed $6 million of his $12.2 if he is released by Janurary 7th. If the Cavs can’t get a viable trade before then, he will be released.

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