Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Atlanta Hawks "Unlikely" To Go After Andrew Bynum

The Atlanta Hawks were rumored to be one of several teams interested in Andrew Bynum, but now it appears as if Atlanta is “unlikely” to pursue the two-time champion.

ESPN’s Chris Broussard wrote Wednesday afternoon that the Hawks “are unlikely to lodge a bid for Bynum to replace the injured Al Horford, according to one source close to the process.”

Atlanta has struggled since Horford went down last week with a season-ending pectoral injury, and are in need of another center to provide depth. Head coach Mike Budenholzer has been flip-flopping veteran Elton Brand and 31-year-old rookie Pero Antic in the starting center role in Horford’s absence.

The Hawks were 16-13 when Horford suffered his pectoral injury at Cleveland on December 26th, and have since went 2-4 without the former all-star.

Although Atlanta is seemingly out of the Bynum sweepstakes, the team will most likely be bringing in a new piece sooner rather than later, especially with the recent waiving of wingman Cartier Martin. Hedo Turkoglu has been a name linked to the Hawks.

Bynum is expected to clear waivers Thursday at 5 p.m. (ET).

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