If you believe in market dynamics, then you can infer a lot from the way NBA teams behave during the free-agent season. The Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers' pursuit of Andrew Bynum is a perfect example. Here's a player of rare ability at the game's hardest-to-fill position. He didn't play a game last season, and, for all we know, he's on the Ralph Sampson career path. Yet there appears to be no shortage of suitors for Bynum because the reward of his talent outweighs the risk of his fragility.
ESPN's Marc Stein has Bynum being pursued by the Mavericks, Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks. Stein reported the Cavs seem to be the front-runners after they offered Bynum a two-year deal worth $24 million Monday. But Stein says Dallas also remains a viable option.
Even though nothing's official until July 10, empty-handed, middle-class teams are starting to get some bad ideas -- and signing Bynum is anything but a middle-class proposition. He is a boom-or-bust player, and the more you have on the line, the bigger the payoff might be a year from now. Is he worth the risk?