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Clippers would be interested in Andrew Bynum if he's waived by Cavs

Clippers would be interested in Andrew Bynum if he's waived by Cavs
Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum (21) spins away from Bulls center Joakim Noah for a shot during a game last month in Cleveland. Bynum had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavs' 97-93 win. (Mark Duncan / Associated Press)

Because the Clippers are in need a backup big man, they have been linked to Andrew Bynum after the wayward center was suspended indefinitely Saturday by the Cleveland Cavaliers for "conduct detrimental to the team."

The Clippers actually would have interest in Bynum if he is released by the Cavaliers, according to several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

According to one Eastern Conference team executive, the Clippers would have competition for Bynum because the Miami Heat are also interested in the 7-footer.

The Cavaliers signed Bynum to a two-year, $24-million deal over the summer.

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But only $6 million of Bynum's $12.2-million contract for this season is guaranteed if he is waived before Jan. 7.

Bynum averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.5 minutes in the 24 games he played with the Cavaliers.

Bynum had 18 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes when he started for the Cavaliers against the Clippers on Dec. 7.

He won NBA championships with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010 but spent most of his six-plus season in Los Angeles battling chronic knee problems.

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