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CLEVELAND -- If Andrew Bynum is healthy, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed one of the NBAs top two or three centers for 6 million with a team option at the end of the season.
Actually, if Bynum is healthy and productive, hes expected to earn 12 million in 2013-14. Then the Cavs can pick up the option, which reportedly will pay him another 12 million.
If youre no good with numbers or money, just know Bynum has 18 million reasons to be the player the Cavs want him to be.
And if you were starting to have your doubts about Cavs general manager Chris Grant well, just know he pulled off a pretty big basketball coup.
The Cavs wanted to make a splash this offseason. They made a ripple by signing free-agent guard Jarrett Jack to a contract last week. Before that, it was a not-bad drip with free-agent forward Earl Clark.
Now comes Bynum. Hes a 7-footer with a wide frame and big game. At least, hes all that when his knees are functioning.
Two years ago, they were just fine. Last season? Not so much.
So hes a risk. Grant and the Cavs know that, and its why they protected themselves. But imagine if Bynum pans out. Imagine him in the middle, with Kyrie Irving at point guard, Dion Waiters at shooting guard, Tristan Thompson at power forward, and center Anderson Varejao and Jack coming off the bench.
Now imagine Mike Brown, a defensive-minded workaholic of a coach, tirelessly putting it together.
And we havent even mentioned No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett or some of the others yet.
If it all works out, were not going to be wondering if the Cavs are a playoff team anymore. Were going to be wondering if theyre a top four or five seed.
But lets start with Bynum, because that truly is where this all begins.
You probably know the story by now. Last summer, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Interestingly, those talks involved the Cavs.
But instead of getting shipped to Cleveland, Bynum landed in Philly. He hurt his knees and never played a minute.
Now, Sixers fans arent exactly wishing the best for Bynum. He walked around the arena with wild hair and an expensive suit. He supposedly didnt love the game. He said he hurt one of his knees while bowling.
Thats some funky junk right there.
But its junk the Cavs were willing to overlook -- provided Bynum could see it their way. Dont play, and you still get paid, was the Cavs message. Do play, and you get paid more. Do play a lot and play well, and man, this is gonna be awesome for everyone, kid.
Bynum also visited the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks. Both basically told him they really liked the idea of having him on the team. But no way could either match the pitch made by Grant and the Cavs.
OK, lets play worst-case scenario for a minute. Lets say Bynum didnt come to Cleveland. What else could the Cavs have done for 12 million? Signed two or three more everyday players? Hold on to it for another year while they won 35 games or less? Try to convince another team to make a deal, then take on an overpaid disappointing type?
The last option was probably the most realistic.
Or how about this: Lets say Bynum isnt healthy enough to play. Thats not a terrible thing for the Cavs, either. They spend 6 million and cut him loose. Then they have an extra 12 million (or more) to play around with next summer.
You can try to spin it however you want, but youll just keep coming back to the idea that the Cavs cant lose here. And if Bynum gets it together, and keeps it together, he cant lose, either.
Hows that for a splash?
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The Cavs hope Bynum will bring plenty of smiles to the team, and fans.
Andrew Bynum agreed to a two year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight after not playing a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers last season. Yet even with all of the health issues Bynum has dealt with, this is a great signing for Cleveland. Andrew Bynum is one of the few 7 foot centers in the league that...
DALLAS The Plan B portion of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason has been set in motion, and former Lakers behemoth Andrew Bynum might be the centerpiece. That is, unless you're thrilled of the backcourt tandem of Jose Calderon and Devin Harris.
At his best, Bynum (7-0, 285) can be nearly as effective as Howard.
Of course, Bynum's rarely been at his best because of recurring...
There are gambles and then there are GAMBLES. I think we can all agree that signing Andrew Bynum is a GAMBLE seeing as though he didn’t play one minute last season because of his ailing knee.Yet and still, this hasn’t deterred the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Atlanta Hawks from pursing Bynum and hoping his knee is healed and he returns to his old self.Update...
There’s nothing like being a seven footer in this day and age.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting that the Cavs and Andrew Bynum have agreed to a deal.
Source: Andrew Bynum has decided to sign with Cleveland
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 10, 2013
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that that Bynum will get a two-year $24 million deal, with only $6 million guaranteed...
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have met with Andrew Bynum and are in negotiations with the free agent center.
Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the team was having "a medical discussion" after meeting with Bynum and his agent in Dallas on Wednesday, the first day free agent signings can become official.
Nelson says team doctors evaluated...
Andrew Bynum will sign a 2-year deal worth $24 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Broussard of ESPN reports.
The Cavs take a risk on the former All-Star who did not play a single game last season due to chronic knee issues, however, only $6 million of the $12 million per year is guaranteed and the there will be a team option in 2014-15.
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As the free agent market continues to shrivel up, former Lakers and Sixers (though he never actually played for them) center Andrew Bynum was one of the final dominoes to fall. Given his injury history, it was a bit of a mystery what Bynum would demand in the open market, but that mystery has been solved. Bynum reportedly had meetings and serious...
Andrew Bynum has finished his free-agent tour. It's time to decide where he'll make his next NBA home.
Bynum, who has received an incentive-laden, two-year contract offer from the Cavaliers, met with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, one day after visiting the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs have been waiting for an answer from Bynum, who was traded to Philadelphia last summer...
Andrew Bynum is set to make a decision between the Dallas Mavericks , Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks tonight. Bynum would make each of the 3 teams he signs with playoff contenders , but he would especially be a boon for Cleveland. They go from competing for the 8th seed to competing for home [...]
Bringing in Andrew Bynum is a win-win situation for the Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.
The free agent center, who never played one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Bynum accepted the deal on Wednesday night, said...
On Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered unrestricted free agent Andrew Bynum an incentive-based, two-year contract worth approximately $24 million.
The deal is also said to include a team option in year two, but you already knew all that.
He has since met with the Atlanta Hawks though no details of a potentially...
The Dallas Mavericks reached out to Greg Oden's camp this week to join the pursuit of the center.
Oden also reportedly received interest from the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat.
The Mavericks had also pursued Andrew Bynum before he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Oden has not played in an NBA game since 2009.