Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cleveland Signs Bynum Cavaliers Reach 2-Year Agreement Worth Up to $24 Million, with Incentives

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cleveland Signs Bynum Cavaliers Reach 2-Year Agreement Worth Up to $24 Million, with Incentives

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.

Bynum, a free-agent center who never played for Philadelphia this past season because of knee injuries, reportedly has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavaliers.

Bynum, 25, accepted the deal Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Bynum visited the Dallas Mavericks.

Bynum (7 feet) was traded to the 76ers as year ago as part of a four-team blockbuster. Bynum, a former All-Star with the Lakers, was expected to help Philadelphia contend, but he never stepped on the court and had surgery on both knees in March.

The Cavaliers, who beat out Atlanta and Dallas for Bynum, are only guaranteeing $6 million and one year to him. The team has an option on the second year, and the contract could reach $24 million if Bynum reaches certain performance bonuses.

In Cleveland, Bynum will be reunited with Cavaliers coach Mike Brown. The two spent one season together in Los Angeles, and Bynum had his best season as a pro, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games while earning an All-Star spot.

Bynum, if healthy, should move the Cavaliers from one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference to a playoff contender. Cleveland won 24 games this past season and has won 66 in the three years since LeBron James left.

Bynum has plenty of playoff experience and he would give the Cavaliers another proven star to go along with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

In guaranteeing Bynum only one year, the Cavaliers have an out if he doesn't perform up to expectations. But if he does play well, the Cavaliers will have a roster that could attract another high- profile free agent next summer, when James could be available.

The landing of Bynum caps a successful offseason for the Cavaliers and especially general manager Chris Grant, who faced more pressure after owner Dan Gilbert vowed the team would make the playoffs after winning the NBA draft lottery. …

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