The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken the proactive route to fill their need for a starting center, according to “Yahoo Sports,” as the site has reported, their sources state that the “Wine And Gold,” have offered former Philadelphia 76ers big man Andrew Bynum, a two-year pact that could earn the Free Agent $25 million over the life of the deal. The sources state that only the first season would be guaranteed with Cleveland holding a team option for year-two. The former starter for the Los Angeles Lakers, spent this past campaign on the sidelines, suffering from knee pain the entire year.
Although the former All-Star ideally wants to sign just a one-year pact, to push up his market value for the Free Agent market next summer. Cleveland, however feels that if they take the risk that the big man is healthy for the upcoming season, they deserve a second year.
Bynum showed what he is capable of during the 2011-2012 season, as he was healthy for the entire campaign, making the Western Conference All-Star team and putting up career best numbers. The big man averaged a double-double for the abbreviated regular season, starting 60 games, knocking down 18.7 points and grabbing 11.8 boards per contest. Although the talent is plainly evident, his consistency is anything but, as injuries have limited his ability to play an entire campaign.
The center reportedly, went to Atlanta on Tuesday to meet with the Hawks, the Dallas Mavericks have a meeting scheduled with the big man on Wednesday. The site reports that the Cavaliers are not going to sit on their hands waiting for Bynum to make his choice, scheduled to meet with veteran big men Elton Brand and Andrei Kirilenko, about possible one-year deals.
A healthy Andrew Bynum, would rapidly accelerate the growth curve of the team from Cleveland, especially paired up with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. Bynum also has a relationship with Cavaliers bench boss Mike Brown, who was the head coach for the Lakers during Bynum’s best campaign.