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Andrew Bynum’s contract contains no performance-based incentives, just $6 million guaranteed

Jul 23, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT

Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum’s contract with the Cavaliers will pay him between $6 million and $24.79 million the next two seasons.

The two-year deal, the details of which were revealed by, calls for base salaries of $12,250,000 and $12,540,000. However, only $6 million of the first season is guaranteed if Bynum is waived before 5 p.m. Jan 7 (and will become fully guaranteed if he doesn’t clear waivers before Jan. 10), and none of the second season is guaranteed until July 11, 2014.

Also, contrary to many reports, the deal contains no performance-based incentives.

So, Bynum will have until January to prove he’s either healthy or serious about his rehab – and that buys him only the rest of the 2013-14 season. Just as the 2014 offseason begins, he’ll have to have to prove himself once again to keep his contract.

The Cavaliers have given themselves a couple outs in case Bynum can’t contribute. Now, it’s up to him to prove he can – and there’s a big payday if does.

  1. dondada10 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    2 different out clauses? Cavs got a hell of a deal. Gamble 6 mil on a guy who was one of the best (It was him or Howard) centers in the NBA.

    If they want, they can gamble another 6+ mil and re-evaluate.

    Like how he’s playing? Gamble another 12+ mil for a full season and his Bird rights.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Yeah, but on the other hand, it is also probably the same thing as flushing money down the toilet. The guy making out well here is Bynum. Free money.

      • tfoz5150 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Bynum’s a Bozo

    • brookwell2013 - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Spot on dondada; agree with you completely. I think it’s actually a fair deal as well for Bynum. I think we all knew he’d get a 2 year deal in this range but the opt outs for Cleveland are superb for the team. I am not optimistic at all that Bynum can get back to where he was when he played his best…….I wonder how he does with Mike Brown and the rest of the coaching staff and his teammates. October can’t come soon enough!

    • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Be realistic. He’s going to get that $12.25 million this season. He’s not going to be waived in January.

      So the Cavs are gambling more than just that $6 million.

      They’ve basically committed over $12 million to a guy who may not play this year.

      • adoombray - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        I don’t understand why people keep saying this. He took the year off in Philly. there’s no way he isn’t ready for the start of the season. Besides, the first month of the NBA is guys playing themselves into shape anyway.

        There is SO MUCH Bynum hate and most of it is silly. the guy was a top 2 center the last year he played. He got hurt. it happens.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      The contract states that only $6 million is guaranteed IF he’s waived by January 7. But can anyone imagine a scenario where Bynum is waived in the next 5 months? No.

      Even if his knees act up early in the season he can just keep stringing them along… always next week… next month… just need a little more time to heal… I’ll be back after the all-star break… etc, etc, etc…. and because he’s very tall and All-Star caliber the Cavs will be patient.

      So this is $12.25 million guaranteed.

  2. htownred34 - Jul 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    This is probably the best contract this free agency if he returns to his healthy self, even if he doesn’t they only pay 6 mil and can decline his option for next year where they can instead pursue somebody else. Great move!

  3. abchome - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Really great deal for the Cavaliers!

  4. tannethrill - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Hair clause

  5. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:15 PM


  6. metalhead65 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    both sides win. the cavs win if he is even half the player he was when he last played. bynum wins even if he can’t play he gets another 6 million for doing nothing to add to the 12 million he got for not playing for the 6er’s last year.

  7. losntina69 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Only in the NBA would they pay someone like this $6 million fully guaranteed. Best center in the NBA only because there arent many centers in the NBA anyway. So it’s like being the smartest dumb kid in class. This guy has played a full season once in his career and his career averages are 11.7 ppg and 7.8 rpg.

    • pl4tinum514 - Jul 24, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      the market for bynum’s services determines what he gets paid. if nobody was willing to pay for a chance at him returning to health, he’d get a worse deal. cavs had to offer what they did to get him.

  8. chiadam - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    It will not pay him between 6 and 24 million over the next two years. If he’s on the team for two years, he makes 24 million.

  9. dolphins4 - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Cleveland fans should hope he don’t find any bowling allies or any place he can dance or they might never see him play.

  10. jimsjam33 - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Basketball trash !

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