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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 the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the agreement. Earlier in the day, Bynum visited the Dallas Mavericks.
The 7-footer was traded to the 76ers last summer as part of a four-team blockbuster. Bynum, a former All-Star with the Lakers, was expected to help Philadelphia contend, but the 25-year-old never stepped on the court and underwent surgery on both knees in March.
The Cavs, who beat out Atlanta and Dallas for Bynum, are only guaranteeing 6 million and one year to him, the person said. The team has an option on the second year, and the contract could reach 24 million if Bynum reaches certain performance bonuses.
In Cleveland, Bynum will be reunited with Cavs coach Mike Brown. The two spent one season together in Los Angeles and Bynum had his best season as a pro, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games and earning an All-Star spot.
Bynum, if healthy, should move the Cavs from one of the Eastern Conference's worst teams to a playoff contender. Cleveland won just 24 games last season and has won 66 in the three years since LeBron James left.
Bynum has plenty of playoff experience and he would give the Cavs another proven star to go along with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
In guaranteeing Bynum only one year, the Cavs have an out if he doesn't perform up to expectations. But if he does play well, the Cavs will have a roster that could attract another high-profile free agent next summer, when James could be available.
The landing of Bynum caps a successful offseason for the Cavs and especially general manager Chris Grant, who had more pressure placed on him when owner Dan Gilbert vowed the team would make the playoffs after winning the NBA draft lottery.
After re-hiring Brown, who was fired three years ago, Grant selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in last month's draft. Cleveland then reached agreements with free agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack, two players who will fit nicely into the Cavs' rotation.
Bynum has the potential to get Cleveland back among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A force on the floor, the 280-pounder will give Brown a defensive presence to protect the rim and he can do enough on offense to keep teams honest inside.
The Cavs sold Bynum on their future, and their association with the Cleveland Clinic and its doctors were a comfort to a player who has had knee problems for years. Bynum did not work out for the Cavs, but the team was able to examine his knees and came away knowing there are risks but convinced he's worth their investment.
Bynum's agent, David Lee, has said his client will be ready when training camp begins.
Bynum's signing comes three summers after James decided to leave the Cavs after seven seasons to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Cleveland has had trouble luring high-profile free agents in the past, but if the gamble with Bynum pays off, that may not be such a problem in the future.
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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.
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...
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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
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.