Cleveland’s interest in free agent center Andrew Bynum and his interest in signing with the Cavs is apparently enough for the former Laker and Philadelphia 76er to come visit. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Cavaliers and Bynum are meeting face-to-face on Monday.
The possibility exists that Bynum’s interest in visiting Cleveland is to try and force a multi-year deal from the Dallas Mavericks. It was reported this weekend that the Cavaliers had a “lucrative” one-year offer in place, which Stein reiterates today. Having considerable cap space, the Cavs can offer Bynum roughly $12 million for 2013-14 despite already having reportedly agreed to terms with forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack. Bob Finnan of Cleveland’s News Herald adds that this number can increase if the team decides to part ways with guard/forward CJ Miles.
Though injured for all of last season, Bynum offers considerable upside along with the risk as he averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 35.2 minutes per night in 2011-12 and is just 25 years old.
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