This might be nothing more than due diligence, but Bob Finnan (by way of HOOPSWORLD) is reporting that the Cavaliers will explore the possibility of signing free agent center Andrew Bynum.
Bynum was an utter disaster for the Philadelphia 76ers as the 25-year-old didn’t suit up for the team one time in his lone season there. Seventy-sixers CEO Adam Aron’s quote says it all.
“We certainly thought he was going to play in August,” Aron said. “That’s why we made the trade. Even in early October, we thought he would play on opening night. Then there was a delay. Then there was [another] delay. Even when we announced that he was out indefinitely, inside the team we thought he would play in January or February. He himself, in February, said he would play in February. But here we are in March and the team is disappointed. Our fan base is disappointed. And that’s the story of the season.”
However, the Cavaliers need a center and have tons of cap space available to them. It is only natural that the team would explore every opportunity to get better. Every opportunity certainly includes a 25-year-old seven footer who averaged nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
We’ll see how it plays out, but it is reasonable to assume that some serious money will be chasing Bynum this off-season especially as there will certainly be more than one team that wants Dwight Howard’s services and ultimately will miss out on the premier free agent center this off-season.