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Andrew Bynum has gained weight, not touched a ball in some time

Jul 11, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

Let’s put it kindly — there is great skepticism around the league that Andrew Bynum can or will contribute much as an NBA player this season or ever again in the future. Yes, his knees that have been a chronic problem and kept him out all of last season. More than that, however, are questions about Bynum’s passion for the game or willingness to really work and fight through the injuries to bounce back. Former teammates of his are not sold.

That doesn’t mean the risk Cleveland took in signing him was a bad one — the $6 million guaranteed with incentives and the second season at a team option makes this a fair gamble. The upside is worth the risk.

I’m just saying Cavaliers fans should not get their hopes up.

Look at what Bynum’s agent David Lee told the Cleveland Plain Dealer about Bynum’s choice not to work out for teams during free agency.

“There was no reason to have him work out,” Lee said. “His skill level’s not in question, so there’s no reason to work out. The reality is he has not picked up the ball in some time and he has to get his weight down. He’s got to lose probably about 15 pounds, which is not a big deal. But to get on the floor you’ve got to reduce your weight, otherwise you risk injury.”

Lee said Bynum will be back for training camp. I wouldn’t bet the rent money on that. I wouldn’t bet the price of a can of warm Pabst Blue Ribbon on him being ready for camp.

This is a good gamble for the Cavaliers — Bynum when last healthy was an All-Star who averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds a game. If they get production anywhere near that, even half that, there is value.

Just don’t expect much.

  1. dfletc2 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Eddy Curry II

  2. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:10 PM


  3. brannu23 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    lotta hatred out there for Andrew Bynum, although, everyone knows that his last season of playing that he was the best big man in the league – under Mike Brown.

    Hate on, haters.

    As with anything in life … we’ll see when we get there.

  4. biggestredmiami - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    LOL this could be just about the last thing that Cavs fans wanted to hear, Andrew! You clownin em

  5. mcdall20 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Bad knees + Overweight = 0 Games played yet again

    Still cannot believe anyone would waste guaranteed $ on this guy!

  6. delsj - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Bynum loves the life not the game. He has no intention of playing at all. His agent shopped around for the most guaranteed money he could get for 2013-14 to try to pad his bank account to support his lifestyle. $6M from a desparate Cleveland team was the best he could do.

  7. ronmitch3361 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Most of you dude can’t think for yourselves any thing said or written you dudes jump on it. It’s gonna be real funny if Bynum prove all of you wrong.

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