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Andrew Bynum Unlikely To Become Cleveland Cavalier In Dwight Howard Deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked to Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum as part of a potential three-team trade involving Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. But how likely is it that Bynum ever wears a Cleveland uniform?

While Bynum is unquestionably an attractive piece, it's unclear if he'd like to stay a Cavalier long-term. And, while the Magic want to be rid of Howard as soon as possible, there's reason to be skeptical that they would prefer a package of Anderson Varejao and picks to what, say, the Houston Rockets could offer.

According to Bob Finnan of The News-Herald, Cavs fans should not expect a deal:

The Cavs wouldn't get involved in a deal for Bynum unless he agrees to a contract extension, and he probably won't. Indications are Bynum might want to follow Howard's lead and become a free agent in 2013. It makes better financial sense for him. Bynum can earn a maximum deal in free agency and have some say in where he ends up.

It's all shaping up to be nothing but a lot of hot air for the Cavs, who seemingly have been involved in every rumored big deal this summer.

Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they still have a future All-Star in Kyrie Irving to build around.

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