Over the weekend, Andrew Bynum agreed to a $1 million contract for the remainder of the season. And we had heard teams like the Pacers and Heat had interest in the big man the moment he was cut by Chicago after being part of the trade that sent Luol Deng to Cleveland, the NY Post reports that the Knicks also had interest.
According to the report, the Knicks initially had little interest in Bynum. But just as Bynum was making his decision to sign with the Pacers, the Knicks suddenly wanted to meet with the big man.
The Knicks made a strong late push to sign center Andrew Bynum before he chose the Pacers, his agent told The Post Saturday.
Knicks personnel director Mark Warkentien tried to arrange a meeting with Bynum and the Knicks staff, but it never materialized.
“The Knicks were very aggressive in the end,” his New York-based agent David Lee told The Post. “In the end, they did everything they could.”
So what made Bynum spurn the Knicks for the Pacers, besides it being the Knicks? Money or lack thereof, of course.
The Knicks only had the veteran’s minimum to offer, which pro-rated would have been $550,000. Indiana had part of its mid-level exception and can pay him a full $1 million for the rest of the season.