The Cleveland Cavaliers today officially announced the signing of center Andrew Bynum. Contract details were not disclosed, but it is believed to be a two-year deal worth up to $12 million per season with incentives. The second year is still believed to be a team option.
The Cavaliers also waived guard Chris Quinn and forward Kevin Jones today. Jones played in 32 games this past season for the Cavs, averaging 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game. Quinn played in seven games for the Cavs, averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 assists in 11.3 minutes per game. Both have been playing with the Cavaliers in the Las Vegas Summer League. Both players have also suffered concussions this summer. In addition, Grant confirmed the team has renounced the rights to forward Luke Walton.
According to Cavs GM Chris Grant, Bynum has already moved to Cleveland and is working with the training staff. Bynum said his goal is to play every game of the upcoming season. Whether he will be ready at the start of the season remains to be seen.
Bynum was originally selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of St. Joseph H.S. in Metuchen, NJ. In seven seasons, the 7-0, 285-pount center has appeared in 392 games with 300 starts, averaging 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game while shooting .566 from the floor. The 25-year old missed the 2012-13 season with knee injuries. The previous season, 2011-12, Bynum, a two-time NBA Champion, averaged career-highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Lakers and Head Coach Mike Brown, while being voted as a NBA All-Star starter for the Western Conference.
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