NBA News: Andrew Bynum’s contract details emerge

The Cavaliers signed free agent center Andrew Bynum to a two year contract worth $12.25 million this season, with a $12.54 million team option for next season.

It was initially thought that this year’s contract was guaranteed for only $6 million with incentives that could make the deal worth up to $12 million. Those incentives were believed to be tied to the number of games played.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is reporting that the contract is guaranteed for $6 million as originally thought, but that the final portion of the deal is not dependent on how many games Bynum does or doesn’t play, but whether he is on the roster after January 7th, 2014.

According to this report, Bynum doesn’t have to play a minute to receive all $12.25 million dollars, he simply has to remain on Cleveland’s roster. The Cavaliers are hoping that Bynum’s rehab progresses and that he is able to resemble the all-star center of a couple years ago.

Bynum missed all of last season due to injury.

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  • Robbie S

    I actually like this more than incentive for minutes. It makes sure his attitude is kept in check and that he doesn’t become a poison, regardless of how many minutes he may have totaled.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    …and that he’s rehabbing properly.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I disagree…I would prefer it be based off of his minutes. If he’s playing well, Mike Brown isn’t benching him. Mike Brown wants to win…and a healthy Bynum will help us produce a lot of wins.

    Now, he can have a hiccup on 8 January and he’s fully guaranteed the rest of this season’s money.

  • Robbie S

    That as well, I think it’s just a bonus to make sure he is focused.

  • mgbode

    Regardless of how it’s structured, we are likely paying him if we like the status of his knee as the season starts. That’s fine with me and it makes sense (for both sides).

  • Natedawg86

    Maybe Bynum didn’t want a minutes contract. The athlete does have a say so on the matter, and may be why he signed in CLE.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I wasn’t arguing any point about what Bynum wanted…just giving a counterpoint to Robbie’s point of view.