INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Andrew Bynum smiled and spoke confidently. Thats probably more than Bynum did last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, and for the Cleveland Cavaliers, its a pretty good start.
Bynum signed the Cavs free-agent contract offer and met with reporters Friday at the team's practice facility with general manager Chris Grant by his side.
The Cavs are hoping the 7-footer is everything he was two seasons ago, when he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers. Last season, of course, he didnt play one second following a summer trade that sent him to the Sixers.
Knee issues (and surgery) were cited as the primary reason, but those close to the situation believe it may have been more than that.
Some say Bynum and then-coach Doug Collins were never thrilled with each other. The Sixers traded Andre Iguodala (to Denver) as part of the deal, and Collins was a big Iguodala fan. Bynum, it is said, arrived in Philly with one strike against him.