DALLAS -- Ask the Mavs for a definitive backup plan to Dwight Howard and they don't offer definitive answers. But sources on Sunday told DallasBasketball.com and FOXSports exclusively about how Andrew Bynum represents an "imperfect Plan B" and how Dallas' contact with Bynum is focusing on his willingness to include protection from his knee problems via a little-used section of the NBA Uniform Player Contract, Exhibit 3.
"Once you've got degenerative knees," one Dallas Mavericks source says, "you really don't ever get better. You can get functional. But not better."
A fully healthy Andrew Bynum would be more than functional. He'd be a max player, a terrific consolation prize for the team that finished second in the Dwight Howard Sweepstakes. Yes, even with Bynum's flakiness (which in a sense is not unlike Howard's flakiness), he's just 25 and has experienced moments of All-Star awesomeness.
The Lakers were prepared to build a franchise around him. Then the Sixers were prepared ...