While the Cavs have already had a busy past few days, they might not be done just yet. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting that Cleveland could be interested in a one-year deal for All-Star center Andrew Bynum. Here are his latest tweets:
Bynum, who will be 26 by the start of the season, missed the entirety of 2012-13 with the Philadelphia 76ers after the blockbuster deal that moved him away from Los Angeles. Reports were back-and-forth throughout the year on the status of his knees, before he ultimately settled for season-ending operations in mid-March.
Stein’s full article over at ESPN.com shares how the Cavs have joined the Dallas Mavericks in the Bynum-sweepstakes. He wrote that the Cavs are likely unwilling to give more than the rumored one-year deal. He also wrote the words “prime” and “legitimate” three times total in reference to Cleveland’s interest. The Atlanta Hawks are another listed potential suitor.
Although his injury situation is obviously a huge risk for any NBA team on any deal, Bynum and the Cavs could be a perfect marriage on a one-year incentive-laden deal. The team has been said to have interest in “kicking the tires” on Bynum previously. When healthy, the big center has proven to be one of the best in the league. During the 2011-12 season, by far his best, he averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 35.2 minutes per night.
The Cavaliers currently own a plethora of big men, but most are not perfectly suited for defending the center position in the NBA. Tyler Zeller, Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson all return to the fold along with recent No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. While it’s already an interesting numbers game to figure out the 4/5 minutes distribution, Bynum would be a clear upgrade (when healthy) at the big man role.
We should see more in the next few days about the possibility of such a deal. Bynum earned about $58 million over the length of his previous four-year deal leading to his free agency. Certainly, the Cavs are interested in cap space for the summer of 2014, so a one-year deal at around $10 million could be a potential fit. The team has about $6-12 million left for signings, but can always sign players to the minimum to finish the roster.