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Andrew Bynum says he plans to play a full season with the Cavaliers

Jul 19, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum, Chris Grant AP

Andrew Bynum was introduced to the media in Cleveland on Friday, and appeared as relaxed as we’ve seen him in quite some time.

The reason is that after an entire year of failing to meet even the most basic of expectations in Philadelphia due to injury, and being badgered consistently with questions about a return to the court that would ultimately never come as a member of the Sixers, Bynum finds himself in a new situation, and expects to be able to contribute to his new team immediately.

When asked if he’d be ready for training camp and how many games he thought he could play this year, Bynum’s response makes you wonder if he’s ever heard the phrase, “under-promise, but over-deliver.”

“I want to play a full season,” Bynum said. “There is no doubt in my mind that I can do that. Yes, I’m going to be ready. That is the plan. As long as I stick to it, I really believe that I have a great chance with this organization.”

The statement is relatively harmless in its optimism, and the expectation would be that once Bynum is medically cleared, that of course he should be able to continue to play without issue, barring a future setback.

But remember, Bynum has played all 82 games only once in his eight NBA seasons (counting last year when he didn’t play at all), and has appeared in 60, 54, 65, 50, and 35 games looking back at his last five years in Los Angeles.

There is, however, some additional motivation for Bynum to get healthy and stay that way, which will include dropping his weight — which he said was now at 305 — down to a more reasonable 280 or so. His two-year deal for $24 million is only guaranteed for $6 million, and Bynum will need to meet a number of performance benchmarks in order to earn the entire sum.

  1. spthegr8 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Well I planned on hitting the Mega-Millions but unfortunately It didn’t pan out that way and now I am back @ work…….BLOWN!!!!! As the Cav’s will be when Bynum only play’s half of the season!!! ( If they even get that many games out of him )

  2. spthegr8 - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    P.S. Thank GOOOOOODDDDD he FINALLY did something with that afro. Just Saying!!!

  3. chiadam - Jul 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    First step to NBA domination: put down the fork.

  4. whitey11177 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    He put on so much weight even his number got bigger.

  5. blantoncollier - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    All you haters move over. This is a great signing for the Cavs and a good example of why Chris Grant is one of the brightest GMs in the game. Grant doesn’t care what the media things he makes moves he thinks will work for this team and his budget. If AB fails its only $6m against the cap, if he is healthy there are bonuses and a TEAM option for next year. Plus Grant saves more cap for next year with expiring contracts etc.

    • kb2408 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      You know what, I actually agree with you. I think this is going to turn out to be a steal by the Cavs. I’m impressed by the moves they’ve made since losing LeBron.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        agree. the Cavs may be the “surprise” team of 2013-14…playoffs…etc. i’m rooting for them.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      exactly. even if bynum doesnt play a game, its only 6 m down the toilet (peanuts for Dan Gilbert) and at the same time it shows the other players on the team we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to put together a championship caliber team. players want to know that the team where they’re playing is going places.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Good luck with that.

  7. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    ha its sad when playing a full season is one of your goals, and nobody belives you will

  8. tfoz5150 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM


  9. sellahh - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    I wish him all the best. The man played 2 straight postseasons hurt where he could just say screw it. Many people (teammates included) question his desire to play ball but the man plsayed thru pain in his career to help his team win chips. Yes, he screwed Philly big time.
    But, that being saidd, If he could ever get healthy, he is UNARGUABLY a top2 center next to Dwight. He is oldschool, he’s got a ton of moves, he shoots way over 50% on post-ups (Dwight’s % on such plays is what? 44 %?) and he actually makes people scared to go at him. Talk all you want but if my name was Carmelo Anthony I’d much rather go full speed at Dwight than Bynum who’s known to knock the **it out of players.
    I’ve watched well over 100 games played by this man. He is really a scary behemoth. Dwight? Dwight can swat a shot to the 10th row. Which is as unproductive as it gets. (-:

  10. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Cavs will make it to 2nd round of playoffs next year. They will be better than people think. Future looks bright in Cleveland. They have so many future first rounders and tradable assets.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Playoffs, yes. I think even without Bynum if Kyrie and Varejao are healthy they make it. But the second round? Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Nets and Knicks all beat them with or without Bynum.

  11. jcmeyer10 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Sixers brass: “C’mon man, that’s just cold blooded.”

  12. ambitoos - Jul 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Oh, I forgot that the voters approved gambling in Cleveland. This guy is a gamble.

  13. dolphins4 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Bynum will be lucky to play a quarter of the season.He’s done.

  14. openseason51 - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Bynum playing again. No. Will milk the system for as long as he can. He needs knee replacement surgery.

    • tfoz5150 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:09 PM


      • tfoz5150 - Jul 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM


  15. nattybroh - Jul 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Bynum is no idiot. He is well aware that the Cavs will be going after Lebron after next season. Smart move.

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