The Mavs had their introductory press conference for rookies Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel, but everyone was wondering where things were in regards to their reported meeting with free agent center Andrew Bynum. He met with Cleveland on Monday and traveled to meet with the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson spoke to the media in regards to the free agent big man.
It was reported that Bynum would be in Dallas today for a meeting and Nelson confirmed that they met with Bynum and his agent. “They had a nice visit with our doctors, we had a lunch,” Nelson said. “Beyond that, the negotiations are ongoing.” It was reported that Bynum would not work out for teams prior to signing a deal and Nelson confirmed that the center did not work out for the Mavs on Wednesday.
“At this point, we’re having a medical discussion,” Nelson said. “We’ll have an opportunity to get with him and his agent and better understand the risks involved and make a good decision for our franchise.” The team remains in the dark in regards to whether or not the risks remain high in terms of Bynum’s health.
Nelson confirmed that the talks will continue. “We talk to his agent all of the time,” Nelson said. “Again, we’re in the process of gathering information.” With the Mavs needed a significant upgrade in the frontcourt with Bernard James being the only center under contract, they will continue to turn over every stone to find a way to improve in that department.
With the league’s moratorium ending and signings starting to take place, the Mavs are still working on making their signings of Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington official. The Mavs have also been linked to Monta Ellis as another free agent suitor. With a backcourt that is starting to fill up, Nelson said that it was “probably a longshot” that they would add someone else on board. You know the names that are out there and that makes for a pretty full backcourt.”
It appears you can scratch Monta Ellis’ name off the potential suitors list and keep Bynum’s name on the board. It doesn’t appear that there is an immediate target date for Bynum’s decision.
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