Andrew Bynum has finally found a new home. The 7-footer – who hasn’t played since the end of the 2012 season – has agreed to a two-year, $24.5 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Following meetings with the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, it seemed Dallas was the front-runner to land Bynum. Once Cleveland entered the picture, he jumped on the offer and will be on his way to play for the Cavaliers.
More than likely, it was the money that lured Bynum to Cleveland. Being that the big man has played in only 392 of 656 possible games over the span of his NBA career (including missing the entire 2012-13 season) he is certainly a risk in terms of injury. But the Cavs are apparently willing to take that risk.
The first year of Bynum’s new contract has a maximum earning potential of $12 million, with $6 million of that guaranteed. Year two of the deal is a team option worth a whopping $12.5 million. If Bynum avoids the injury bug in a Cavaliers uniform, the paychecks could be nice and he would add a solid piece to a young team.
With the Los Angeles Lakers, Bynum was a part of three Western Conference championships and two NBA titles. In his final year with the Lakers, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Bynum in the summer of 2012 from the Lakers. He was part of a four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to Los Angeles. Bynum suffered from repeated knee injuries over the past year and didn’t see the floor at all in a Sixers jersey. It wasn’t a tough decision for Philadelphia not to re-sign the 25-year-old free agent.
That four-team deal from 2012 now means zilch for Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The two teams hoped their respective big men would contribute substantially to their franchises. Howard decided to sign with the Houston Rockets on July 5, and now Bynum has left the 76ers.