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Report: Andrew Bynum ‘nowhere near ready,’ likely to miss preseason

Sep 18, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

The Cavaliers took a chance on Andrew Bynum, but it was a small one considering that the team signed him to a contract that is only guaranteed for $6 million, and doesn’t become fully guaranteed until after January 10.

There would seem to be an incentive for Bynum to get back on the court for the first part of the season to prove his value and get the rest of the money that could potentially be his under the most recent deal. But at the same time, if he comes back and underperforms because he isn’t yet ready to return, that could hurt his long-term chances.

It’s a tricky situation that will be monitored closely, and we’re going to hear plenty of reports as to Bynum’s readiness leading up to the season. Consider this the first, which is semi-contradictory to what Bynum himself said about his non-existent timetable to return just a couple of weeks ago.

From Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio:

Training camp begins Oct. 1, with the Cavs’ first preseason game a week later (vs. the Milwaukee Bucks).

One source familiar with Bynum’s progress told FOX Sports Ohio that Bynum is nowhere near ready and is likely to miss the entire preseason. He could, however, give it a go early in the regular season, if not for the opener Oct. 30 vs. the Brooklyn Nets.

So what we’re essentially saying is, Bynum isn’t yet ready, but don’t rule him out for the start of the season.

This is unfortunately the nature of injury updates in today’s NBA — we talked about how Rajon Rondo will be going through a similar news cycle as he prepares to return to the court for the Celtics.

The reality is, none of us know when these star-level players are going to be ready to make their respective debuts after undergoing rehabilitation following a serious injury. It’s unwise for teams to inflate expectations, so it’s likely that we won’t know anything until the days leading up to the player actually being cleared to be in the lineup — and we may not know for sure until the day the return has been finalized.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Whatever happens, he’s guaranteed 6 million dollars–more money than most can even about making in a lifetime. Crazy.

    • adoombray - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:57 AM

      I hate these kinds of posts. Most people can’t play NBA basketball. Most people don’t have teams selling jerseys with their name on them. most of us couldn’t sell shoes if they put our faces in marketing campaigns. Most people are not professional athletes, who are better at what they do than most people will ever be anything they do. That’s a personal problem with your self-esteem if somebody completely different than you can get contracts that bothers you about your own life.

      Anyway, this doesn’t particularly surprise me, and it’s not terribly uncommon. 90% of the league plays themselves into shape starting from the beginning of the season, which is why nobody cared when the NBA started on Christmas Day : the game quality is usually not as good before then anyway

      • ryanrockzzz - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        Yes this does not surprise me either as a Sixers fan. It’s been two years since he’s played any basketball, although he has bowled since then……

        And most peopple don’t play NBA basketball because the good great lord/buddah/alien leader did not grace them to be 7’1′, or insanely coordinated or fast. I’m 5’11, I’d stand no chance in the NBA. Even if I were great in college, I’d still go undrafted. Being a basketball player is a lot of luck- you have to be reasonably tall and naturally atheltic to have a chance in the NBA- so while i’m not jealous of Bynum, I am jealous of how lucky he was.

        And we could all sell shoes if we had a marketing campaign behind us- all about the marketing!

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        “Most people can’t play NBA basketball”

        Well, Bynum hasn’t played NBA Basketball in almost 18 months too.

    • sportsfan18 - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:33 AM


      Whatever happens, he’s guaranteed $6 million dollars?

      NO, he isn’t.

      His contract does NOT become FULLY guaranteed until AFTER Jan 10th.

      This means he COULD earn LESS than $6 million dollars. We have to wait and see what happens.

      BUT he is NOT guaranteed all $6 million dollars right NOW.

      • hungrybear22 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        The full contract is for $10 million, $6 million of which is already fully guaranteed, the other $4 million of which gets guaranteed on January 10th.

  2. rickyspanish - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    What happened to the awesome hair? It was great!

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    Well, good thing CLE has probably the best big man rotation in the League.

    Their backup C lead the league in rebounding last year before he got injured and is a good defender and high energy. The 3rd string C is super-solid, especially for a 3rd stringer. Then you got PF bigs like #1 pick Anthony Bennett (still gotta see how he pans out though), an improved Tristan Thompson, and Earl Clark.

    Yeah, looks like they will be just fine in his absence. Plus they got him o a 2 year deal that they can cut him up to a certain point each year, it really is a great take-a-chance contract.

    But seriously though, why does my main man ‘Drew heal like an 80 year old!!?? I love Andrew and all but for reals, how much more time do you need homie!! He’s starting to make Derrick Rose look like Kobe Bryant!

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:38 AM

      If they play Varejao as a backup they’re really dumb. Or tanking.

  4. abchome - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    Fans are nowhere near surprised.

  5. clevelandschronic2 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    As a diehard cavs fan i cant wait to see how this team develops. Plenty of talent we just need guys to stay healthy(varejao,bynum). Honestly im not surprised that he may not play preseason games im kinda glad. Dont rush him. The season is long. As malt said we have enough bigs so no need to rush him back.

  6. mustbechris - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Beware. This is how the slow march toward Bynum gradually never playing a minute for the Sixers last year went. Every deadline for return, starting in October, was pushed back a month each month until there were no more months left.

    Enjoy the $26 million, you slug.

    • clevelandschronic2 - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      Its evident u didnt read the article. Where does it say 26 mil. The number was 6 mil guaranteed. Learn to read. Its obvious your just bitter. Philly traded for him knowing he was injured. (Yeah the bowling didnt help) but thats on the GM. Like it matters though philly got a better draft pick because he didnt play. It’ll help the rebuild going on there anyway

      • mustbechris - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        Well, he made $20 mill last year to not play just like he’ll make $6 mill this year to not play, or to play and then make $20 mill next year anywhere that isn’t Cleveland. $20 mill + $6 mill = $26 mill. I understand why you’re drinking the yellow and red colored kool-aid on this one because Sixers fans were duped into drinking the red and blue kool-aid last year by the owners who knew he wouldn’t play but also knew people would order season tickets just by trading for him and once he didn’t play Bynum’s salary would get picked up by insurance, making Josh Harris much richer, giving him the money to go buy the Devils, where he will eventually move the Sixers, all off of the backs of Sixers season ticket holders.

        But that’s another complaint for another day. The Browns took a much lesser risk by only committing $6 mill to Bynum. Bynum, whether he plays or not, just isn’t a good person really and either will take his $6 mill in insurance company money and not play or will take his $6 mill in Cavaliers’ season ticket holders money and bounce for greener pastures next year.

        Enjoy the $26 million, you slug.

    • bougin89 - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I round numbers too but for the record Bynum made $16.8 million last year. I get your point though.

      • mustbechris - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        Wasn’t rounding. Didn’t remember the exact number, thought it was 20, didn’t care enough to check. 17 and 20 are both obscene considering he never touched the court at any point so I’ll say it’s moot.

  7. JMClarkent - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    This guy clearly has no interest in playing basketball. He was flamenco dancing his ass off a few months ago, now he’s Tiny Tim.

  8. henryd3rd - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Why am I not surprised? He’s been injured a good portion of his NBA career. Some NBA GM’s seem to be intoxicated by his so-called potential; but the “Numbers Never Lie”. And on top of that his attitude and lack of maturity make him a liability on any team.

    Having said that how many of us are guaranteed to make $6,000,000.00 this year? Gotta love it!

  9. bifford - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    $20 says he doesn’t play in a game until 2014.

  10. onlyavoice - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Bynum Said It Himself Last Season,
    “There Is No Magic Cure Or Procedure In The Next 5 Years To Help Him”
    Bone To Bone Is Bone To Bone.
    He Never Should Have Been Signed, But That’s LEMONADE Dan, Sign Washed Up Scrubs & Talk Championships.
    Enjoy The Lotto Again Cavs Fans.

  11. metalhead65 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I think there should be a law that prevents sports writers from putting the word “only” in front player salaries. while I guess that his contract is considered reasonable in today’s market there is nothing small about 6 million dollars! that is a huge amount of money to making for doing nothing.

  12. topdawg4ever - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    And it’s deja vu all over again!

  13. theshot1989part1mj - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    So sad! You have players in a much harder contact sport like the NFL. Hint…. A.P….. torn ACL….. comes back & win MVP and almost shattered the single season rushing record. This guy doesn’t give a damn if he plays again or not…. It’s all about the money if you ask me.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      If he doesn’t play he’s going to be out a lot of potential money. And stop comparing people to AP, he’s an outlier and a freak of nature even in his own sport.

  14. borderline1988 - Sep 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM


    The guy hasn’t played basketball in 18 months, and he is “nowhere near ready”? Why would anyone think there is productive basketball left to be played in his career?

  15. unsportsmenmic - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic and commented:
    Well you knew the risk/reward with this guy.

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