Andrew Bynum has spoken. After taking the last three days to meet with the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and your Cleveland Cavaliers, the former Los Angeles Lakers center, who was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers last season in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes but failed to play a game for the club, has decided to sign with the Wine and Gold. This comes two days after the Cavs pitched a two-year, $24 million deal, laced with incentives, a second-year team option and only $6 million guaranteed for next season, in a Monday meeting that was said to be the best offer he was pitched. The Cavs, who failed to pick up a rim-protecting big in the draft and in the early part of the offseason, have now addressed every glaring hole on the team’s roster with the signing of Bynum.
Bynum, as we well know, comes with a lot of question marks. After failing to log a single game for the 76ers last season due to extensive knee issues and surgery, Bynum has not played a whole season since his sophomore year spanning an eight-year career. This is a definite risk for the Cavs, but seeing a return of the 2011-12 Bynum would make Cleveland a serious contender in the Eastern Conference. A big with 20/10 potential and a shot blocker who addresses a major need to the Wine and Gold is worth a gamble, especially the way the Cavs front office handled this situation.
The deal was first reported by Chris Broussard, who says that the two-year, $24 million contract will include a team option in the second year and contains only $6 million guaranteed of the $12 million that he could earn in his first season. The team option in the second year is a smart move by general manager Chris Grant and the Cavs front office, as it is not certain whether or not he will miss more time or if we will see him suit up at all next season.
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