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Reports: Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers

Jul 10, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT


That was fast.

After meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports.

The contract details appear to be the same as were initially reported.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Apparently the Mavs didn’t feel like the risk was worth taking with Bynum, who missed all of last season due to multiple knee injuries and may not even be ready for the start of training camp before next season.

Dallas had limited cap space anyway for the upcoming season, and would have had to make some moves to get to a place where the team would have been able to match or exceed what Cleveland was offering.

It’s a gamble worth taking for a Cavaliers team that has one of the game’s most dynamic young players in Kyrie Irving, and will see the number one overall pick in this year’s draft in Anthony Bennett added to the roster.

The bigger picture in Cleveland involves hopes that LeBron James may be willing to return in free agency the year after next, so adding talent around Irving to turn the team into a winner before then would only be helping those odds, however long they may actually be. Cleveland also signed Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark in free agency this summer.

Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game in his best NBA season back in 2011-12 with the Lakers.

  1. dudermcrbohan - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Cleveland, eh? guess that’s the last we’ll be hearing of him

  2. censoredpost - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    When healthy and even moderately engaged he is the best 5 in the game. More low post O than D Coward on Crack and a solid Big in the middle on D. Great signing, I bet this even takes the Lebronicus sting out of Cleveland’s kitty a little.

  3. 1509lucky - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Where have I seen all this optimism before? Oh yeah,Philadelphia last year! Ha Ha Ha,Good Luck with this dude. keep him outta the bowling alleys ROTFLMAO!

  4. phillipsta1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Bynum fits because he’s no risk. If he can’t play, you have Andy play 5 with Zeller as a back up. If he can, you move Andy to the rotation of 4-5. 6 mil for a guy to do nothing vs 12 mil to put your team in the playoffs? Easy choice.

    Also, it was fast because he was never going anywhere but cle. Mavs are on the down, ATL is building around horford. Cut out your bias Brett, try to report something.

  5. realfootballfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    Bynum is done. He’ll continue down that slide of Shawn Kemp/Juwan Howard/etc. who was once a promising young star and then became a journeyman. He never had the temperament to be great.

  6. bigtganks - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Wow. How does Dallas feel when someone picks Cleveland over them?!?!?

  7. ChandlerMc - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    @dirtydavis — his “hair due” is the least of his issues. And he might be in a suit for 70+ games but NO WAY is he playing anywhere close to 70. I’m a Sixers fan and I felt the same way a year ago. But this guy is DONE. Damaged goods. Greg Oden. Jeff Ruland. Not to mention he has no heart. A former Laker teammate said he’d never played with anyone who liked basketball less than Andrew Bynum. He banked $17M from Philly and he’ll take the $6M from the Cavs, never play again, and walk away set for life. Mark my words.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Wooow. I think CLE just locked up a playoff spot. If Bynum can stay relatively healthy (IF) just look at that roster, they are kinda loaded! Things will be very interesting out East. Seriously, good luck Andrew. I like this for the Cavs. A lot.

  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    PG- Irving Jack
    SG- Waiters Selby (he’s good, just needs a shot)
    SF- Clark Miles Gee
    PF- Thompson/Bennett
    C- Bynum Varejao Zeller

    Good gawwwd!!^^

    Look at the bigs they have! 1-2 of any combo of those guys can go down and they STILL wouldn’t really miss a beat. Maybe trade Andy and Gee, maybe Miles for a real starting SF (GRANGER!!!!!).

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Trades that should go down and make a TON of sense on both sides…

    Varejao for Granger

    Asik for Ryan Anderson

    Pau for…LeBron (just kidding just kidding!!!!)

  11. clevelandschronic2 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:40 AM

    I love this move by my Cavs. We are gonna be a lock for the playoffs. We got a core of Irving,TT,Waiters,Zeller. The guys we drafted in Anthony Bennett, Karsev,felix. And we just signed bynum, jack,Clark. This has been one of the best off seasons for the cavs if not the best. This is a loaded roster and the young guys can only get better with time(provided they stay healty). I cant wait for this season. This is gonna be a really fun team to watch despite what the Cleveland haters say.

    • bougin89 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      I wish I could have as much enthusiasm as you but I’m a Bucks fan. You guys look like you are completing a successful rebuild and are definitely on the way up. Even if Bynum doesn’t work out for you guys, you still have a lot to be excited about.

  12. wlouden77 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    did the cavs re-sign Selby? they released him last year shortly after the trade. they have karasev too. I would not be surprised if they trade miles or gee for a shooter. There was that rumors of the kings trading us fredette and they need a small forward (we have several there atm). also before trades I heard we still have like 3-5 mill available. perhaps we can jump into the fray with one of the free agent guards that is still available and try to sell them on the idea that we are a playoff team. I am excited about the possibilities for this upcoming season.

  13. mungman69 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Good luck with that, Cleveland.

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