Andrew Bynum could find new team soon

RENO, Nev. -- Andrew Bynum clears waivers Thursday at 5 p.m.

lastname Bynum And it sounds as though he won't have to wait too much longer after that to have a new employer.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported Wednesday morning that eight teams called Bynum's agent, David Lee, in the wake of Bynum's immediate release by Chicago, which followed the Bulls' acquisition of the enigmatic center and his cap-friendly contract from Cleveland shortly after midnight Monday night in exchange for Luol Deng and three future draft picks.

Broussard's report listed playing time, contender status and money as the three main factors Bynum is weighing as he decides where to head next.

According to the latest rumbles here at the D-League Showcase in Reno, Bynum is confident of landing an offer from an upper-tier team that will provide both minutes and a salary above the league minimum.

That would appear to rule out the Dallas Mavericks, who took a long look at Bynum in the summer and who, according to Stein Line Live sources, are among the eight teams that have registered interest in Bynum this week. The Mavs only have the league minimum to offer; Bynum's camp clearly believes it can get more.

The two-time champs from Miami, who've been widely presumed to be interested from the moment it became apparent right after Christmas that Bynum's time in Cleveland was coming to an end, still have mid-level exception money to spend if the Heat are inclined to add a second reclamation project to their center rotation alongside Greg Oden.

Other top contenders with mid-level money still available to spend, for the record, include Indiana and Oklahoma City.

The Los Angeles Clippers, meanwhile, are the other team frequently mentioned along with Miami as Bynum's foremost suitors. The Clips, though, share the same problem as Dallas in terms of limited funds to offer.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, furthermore, stopped well short of saying L.A. would be at the front of the line when he was asked about Bynum on Tuesday, insisting that he and his front-office staff have "had very few discussions about anyone big right now" and that the Clips are "far more focused on the perimeter part of our team" after losing Chris Paul for up to six weeks.

Is that merely a smokescreen from Doc?

All the latest signals suggest we'll have an answer to that one sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as Friday.