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Mar 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Josh Smith (5) protects the ball from Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard J.J. Redick (5) during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks defeated the Bucks 98-90. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum will definitely not stay in Philadelphia, especially now that the team has traded for Nerlens Noel. As expected, he is drawing quite a lot of interest. Hoopsworld has the following:

 The source specifically mentioned the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers as two teams expected to reach out to Bynum along with all of the franchises with cap space that are pursuing center Dwight Howard. Howard is set to meet with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. Of those five, the Hawks, Mavericks and Rockets have the necessary space under the cap to make a max, or near max, offer without needing to do a sign-and-trade.

However, it seems that the Blazers are not actually interested in Bynum and will not be pursuing him this summer. As for the Cavaliers, the team’s interest is a little interesting. The fact that the team passed on both Alex Len and Nerlens Noel in the draft made it seem as though they would not look for a new center and believe that Anderson Varejao is the man at the five-spot moving forward.

Josh Smith

Smith is another player that will garner a lot of interest this summer, and one team that seems interested in extending an offer to him is the Detroit Pistons.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has the following:

Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars met with Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith at 12:01 a.m. ET with a plan to make the free agent forward a substantial four-year offer, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Smith has already said that he believes he is worth a max contract, and pretty much the only way to find such money is to go to a currently mediocre team. The Pistons have a lot of nice, young pieces to build with, and adding a versatile veteran such as Smith could add an interesting dimension to the team.

One thing is certain, there will be no shortage of interest in Smith. There is a rumor that five to six teams will pursue Smith, although, once again, he’ll have to wait until Howard decides on a destination before teams formally reach out to him. The Hawks will meet with Smith, but at this point it would seem unlikely that he would stay. The Rockets also look at Josh as a backup plan in case Dwight Howard signs elsewhere.

Chris Kaman

Kaman had an acceptable season with the Dallas Mavericks, but as the team will look to land Howard, Chris will probably have to look for an NBA contract elsewhere.

It seems that the Blazers could be a potential landing spot, and it does seem like a perfect fit. JJ Hickson will probably leave the team, and the fact that Portland is looking to fill the center spot is no secret. Adding a veteran like Kaman would make for a pretty competitive starting lineup down in Rip City.

 

 

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