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Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  49 responses

Cleveland Cavaliers Reportedly Offer Andrew Bynum $24 Million


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Andrew Bynum Sweepstakes are intensifying, and seem to have turned into a two-horse race between the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers.

So far, Cleveland appears to be a lot more determined to acquire the young, oft-injured free agent big fella.

According to reports, the Cavaliers have offered Bynum a two-year, $24 million contract that’s heavy on incentives.

Per Yahoo! Sports and the News-Herald:

Cleveland wants a team option on a second contract year to protect it against losing Bynum to 2014 free agency should his damaged knees heal enough to allow him to make a resurgence this season. The incentives of a possible Bynum contract could include minimal hurdles of completing training camp and reaching minutes and games-played plateaus in the regular season, league sources said. Bynum’s camp has been shopping for one-year, high-money deals that would allow him to hit the market again next year, sources said.

They want to retain salary-cap flexibility for the summer of 2014 in order to make a run at potential Heat free agent LeBron James. One league source said he couldn’t fathom any team offering Bynum a guaranteed contract for more than one year. Teams can’t get insurance on Bynum because of the condition of his knees — similar to the situation the Cavs faced with former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. The Mavericks could offer about $8 million. The Cavs could offer about $12 million, more if they decided to waive swingman C.J. Miles (which they are not expected to do). This could be a case where having the Cleveland Clinic as a corporate partner would make a huge difference for the Cavs. Bynum’s knees would have to be monitored all season.

Andrew Bynum posted averages of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 2011-12 with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to getting traded for Dwight Howard. He earned $16.9 million with the Philadelphia Sixers last season, though he missed the entire season due to recurring knee troubles.

His agent has told suitors that Bynum won’t work out for any teams this summer. The 25-year-old center is scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Hawks next.

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  • OfftheWall87

    Hope they did their homework on dude. But man if he can play, Cleveland’s going to be anywhere from the 6 to 8 seed in the East.

  • shockexchange

    Apparently they have an ATM in Cleveland.

  • Dfrance

    Idk, Bynum strikes me as a cat that doesn’t really love basketball, he just always played because he was bigger than everyone else so people made him play.

    I can totally seeing him pulling a Bison Dele, and abruptly retiring, disappearing with the millions he’s already “earned.”

  • LLC#12

    Bynums a bum, he’s lucky he’s 7 foot tall, cause at least now he’s a rich bum. I hope he proves me wrong, though. On the subject of injury-riddled bigs, is anyone trying to sign Greg Oden?

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Smartest contract ever…take the money, Bynum…

  • Fat Lever

    Biggest dog in the league. Dfrance is right, and I think the Hollywood lifestyle got to him. Not sure he wants to play in a non-glamorous market.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    Seems like a decent contract especially with all of Bynum’s baggage. But I would be shocked if signed in a small market, (But why wouldn’t he? With him on the roster and him being healthy, does that not make them a contender in the East?) just because of the way he carries himself. I mean this is the same guy he told Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that he has nothing else to learn from him. I would be too afraid to take a chance on Bynum. He is the Jay Cutler of the NBA. Has the God given talent, but has no passion for game.

  • Guest

    If the Cavs get him, the’ll have front court options consisting of Bynum/Varejao/Tyler Zeller/Anthony Bennet/Tristian Thompson.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    If the Cavs get him, they’ll have front court options consisting of Bynum/Anderson Varejao/Tyler Zeller/Anthony Bennett/Tristian Thompson.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he should take that money and run…wait, he can’t run

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    there are a lot of people who just play because of the money. Bynums problem is his knees and thats it.

  • pposse

    jay cutler doesnt have passion for the game? what?!

  • huami

    Heat.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    He doesn’t have a choice seems like.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Several teams. The Spurs, Heat, & Celtics just to name a few.

  • RKJ92

    He has recently worked out with the Heat, pictures were taken with him at a restaurant in Miami with Heat gear on.

  • Dfrance

    I never said Bynum just plays for the money. Imo, he plays because he was pushed into playing because he was tall and he became fairly good at it so he continued to play. Happens all the time with tall kids who some people feel like it’d be a “waste of height” if they didn’t hoop.

    His knee is not his only problem, he lacks passion for the game, he’s pompous and he’s immature.

  • RayJr

    How many contracts is it going to take to realize Bynum can’t play anymore? I’ve been saying this for months the guy has degenerative knees.

  • initbruv

    Greg Ostertag used to talk about how he didn’t really like basketball. Jerry Sloan used to talk about how he didn’t really like Ostertag. I think the two things are related.

  • Da Real

    I have no problem with this if he is ready to go for training camp. If he is healthy he makes the Cavs a playoff team. I just don’t see how you bring a dude like that around young players if he’s just going to be sitting around with his dumb ass hair, lol

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Bynum had problems way before the knees…..his head isn’t right….He had some chick in the torture rack at some college party a couple years back..

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    His passion has two rings though.

  • Dfrance

    You really gonna drop the “he got 2 rings tho” on me right now? Lol.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Joel Anthony’s passion got him 2 rings…..

  • robb

    He’s not a bum, he just has bad knees.

  • LLC#12

    Oh of course, I can’t criticise him for that, and I’m not, It’s a shame he’s had such bad luck with his knees.. I just think he’s a bum with his maturity, approach to the game, and the idiotic things he does.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    lol bynum haters are idiots. Just say you don’t like the guy because he’s not as passionate as you want him to be. He is still one of the best centers when healthy.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    im just saying he has game. passion or not he’s better than centers with more passion when healthy.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I don’t hate Bynum……… but he was a 3rd option on both of those rings. Thats all I’m saying… I think he is a good player, retarded or not.

  • Jay Brodes

    i would not pay him that with a 20ft pool.. good luck . dan gilbert is dumber than i thought!

  • brrryce

    Are you effen nuts?! I’m not even sure this guy LIKES playing basketball and these two teams are going to offer this kind of cash? Please! I’d go MLE just to do an attitude check and that’s it!

  • playa

    By disapearing like Bison Dele do you mean being stabbed to death by your brother/cousin/friend(i dont remember whoever it was) on a strange boat in the middle of nowhere??

  • JSTAR

    I would be surprised if this works out well for the CAVS. The guy SUCKS!

  • Dfrance

    Brother. But no, I meant more along the lines of, showing signs of promise, getting a nice contract, then abruptly retiring to travel the world.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    These are the times when I’m pissed my cousin Al Ray cant get another shot in the league. SMH

  • bike

    I’m having a hard time believing any objective doctor would sign off on this guy’s knees. Furthermore, I would bet this guy is hopelessly out of shape. No team will get a full game out of him on a consistent basis. Pass.

  • MasterSplinter

    He has one all-star game, he has yet to post good numbers while playing an entire season. Potential doesn’t win championships. If that’s the case, then Greg Oden is still one of the best centers in the league. Passion for the game also results in better injury recovery. That’s why some people come back stronger, and some people just never fully come back. Then there are people like B-Roy who were just dealt a bad hand.

  • Steve Parkes

    Are they paying him NOT to play???? I wouldn’t pay him $24 to play for me. The spot he takes up on the bench is worth more than he is.

  • Steve Parkes

    Yeah he got two rings while riding pine for most of the season. The 12th man on the roster got two rings too

  • Steve Parkes

    Key phrase “when healthy” and that has been for an avaerage of 56 games per year. Phil Jackson’s #10 bench guy get that much time.

  • Dfrance

    Not doubting he has game, but he’s got bad knees and he’s a space cadet.

    For the record, he averaged a passionate 7 and 4 while leading the Lake Show to those 2 rings.

  • Dacre

    That was an absolutely atrocious turn of events….
    Dude won a ring with Jordans Bulls even…

  • initbruv

    24 million dollars does not decrease in value when you put it on a pole.

  • Lloyd

    Being the 3rd option behind Kobe Bryant and one of the most skilled big men in the world on a championship team isn’t something to be ashamed of, let alone doing so twice.

  • Lloyd

    The Cavs must know something we don’t…

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    he has championships tho so……

  • Max

    Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza/MWP.

  • ron

    Oh! You shouldn’t have!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Torture Rack , sort of

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