After losing out on the Deron Williams sweepstakes, the Dallas Mavericks have carefully hoarded their salary cap space for the summer of 2013, where Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Chris Paul could all be free agents.
However, according to the latest reports out of LA, Bynum may never hit the market:
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak spoke today with Andrew Bynum's agent David Lee about a contract extension for Bynum.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) July 25, 2012
It was always a long-shot for the Mavericks to beat out a glamour franchise like the Lakers for one of their most important players, but Bynum's free agency plans are still vitally important for Dallas.
If he was already signed to a long-term deal, the Orlando Magic would have already sent Howard to LA, but since Bynum is unwilling to sign an extension with any team but the Lakers, he has effectively eliminated them from the Howard sweepstakes.