Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially
signed center Andrew Bynum.
Terms were not disclosed, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the
Cavaliers reached a two-year agreement with a player who missed the entire
2012-13 season due to balky knees.
According to the paper, Bynum will earn $6 million guaranteed this coming
season, while the second year is a team option. ESPN reported it is an
incentive-laden deal that could be worth up to $24 million.
"We are very happy to welcome Andrew to Cleveland and the Cavaliers
organization," general manager Chris Grant said in a statement Friday. "His
talent, size and experience clearly have the potential to very positively
impact our team. He has the ability to strengthen the foundation we are
creating and continue to be very excited about. At the same time, we are fully
aware of where he is in his journey to get back on the court and will provide
every resource possible to support and enhance this process."
The 7-foot Bynum never took the court after the Philadelphia 76ers acquired
him from the Los Angeles Lakers last August. He had arthroscopic surgery on
both knees in March.
Bynum, 25, averaged career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while
missing only six games during the shortened 2011-12 campaign. Mike Brown was
the Lakers' head coach that season and the two will now be reunited in
Selected by the Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bynum
has averaged 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 392 career games. He
won two titles with Los Angeles and was an All-Star in 2012.
The Cavaliers also waived forward Kevin Jones and guard Chris Quinn.
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