July 23, 2014

Cavs “will likely kick the tires” on Andrew Bynum

This might be nothing more than due diligence, but Bob Finnan (by way of HOOPSWORLD) is reporting that the Cavaliers will explore the possibility of signing free agent center Andrew Bynum.

Bynum was an utter disaster for the Philadelphia 76ers as the 25-year-old didn’t suit up for the team one time in his lone season there. Seventy-sixers CEO Adam Aron’s quote says it all.

“We certainly thought he was going to play in August,” Aron said. “That’s why we made the trade. Even in early October, we thought he would play on opening night. Then there was a delay. Then there was [another] delay. Even when we announced that he was out indefinitely, inside the team we thought he would play in January or February. He himself, in February, said he would play in February. But here we are in March and the team is disappointed. Our fan base is disappointed. And that’s the story of the season.”

However, the Cavaliers need a center and have tons of cap space available to them. It is only natural that the team would explore every opportunity to get better. Every opportunity certainly includes a 25-year-old seven footer who averaged nearly 19 points and 12 rebounds per game in the 2011-12 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

We’ll see how it plays out, but it is reasonable to assume that some serious money will be chasing Bynum this off-season especially as there will certainly be more than one team that wants Dwight Howard’s services and ultimately will miss out on the premier free agent center this off-season.

[Related:Cavs to have $19 million in cap space this summer]

  • Jason Hurley

    Don’t kick them too hard – he’s frail.

  • Rocko

    Not likely… Brown coached Bynum in LA and benched him for shooting 3′s…

  • BenRM

    *rimshot*

  • JHop

    I wouldn’t be opposed to signing Bynum if it was 1) no more than a 2-3 year deal and 2) non-guaranteed and laden with incentives based on playing time.

  • Al

    Cavs, please don’t go after Bynum, you already have one play that’s injury prone, Andy, you don’t need another one

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Kick him in the knees first! But no thanks Andrew fooled me once…

  • saggy

    everybody’s so excited about kicking the tires on Greg Oden, who hasn’t played since like 1987 – and I’m not sure why. At least Bynum put up a fantastic season in LA before his latest injury. I’d be ok with a short-tem, incentive-laden contract.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    One year deal = nothing to lose.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Oden v Bynum winner gets a contract. Oden will go to Miami, watch.

  • JHop

    I just don’t think Bynum would take a one year deal. There’ll be some desperate team willing to bite and take the risk (a la 2012 76ers). Make it full of incentives so that he can still make his big bucks but also shield the Cavs from the Bynupocalypse (trademark pending)

  • architrance

    It would have to be an extreme Buy Low on Bynum.

    Oden’s still only 25 – and even Sam Bowie ended up having a productive NBA career. The difference is Bynum is going to cost a TON of $$$ (and is a potential franchise killer). While Oden can probably be had relatively cheaply – low risk high reward v high risk high reward.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t want him to take it that’s why one year. If Bynum and his people can get some sucker I mean team to give him any kind of multi-year deal after last year more power to them. I can’t imagine Chris Grant being that person. But lets wait and see.

  • Rikki Tikki

    Seriously, they’ve taken their time and been too patient with their money to blow it on a player who seems in it for himself and is likely washed up. They should continue to wait for a sure thing. How many players Bynum’s size have had his injury history and suddenly gotten healthy. I wouldn’t give Bynum or Dwight even half a max contract. The Cavs need a player who will be reaching his peak when they’re ready to contend.

  • Rikki Tikki

    Cavs would be better off going after a player like Iguodala. They need help at the 3 and are desperate for defense, especially on the perimeter.

  • Steve

    How many players of Bynum’s talent have been willing to sign a deal in Cleveland. I don’t think he can stay healthy either, but you’re not signing a good to great player in his prime to this town.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    After Howard Iguodola will probably be the biggest contract. Not worth it if I’m the Cavaliers.

  • RontheRoller

    No thanks, until we see him actually on a court I would prefer our chances with Oden at a substantially lower cost. Ideally, I would like to see the Cav’s go after Al Jefferson or Nikola Pekovic.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    I am OK with a 1 year deal (or a 2 year deal with a team option.) If nothing else, it makes him a trade asset (as an expiring contract) at the trade deadline.

  • Natedawg86

    I have never kicked the tires of something that I was going to buy…

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You always speak with such certainty. When I grow up I wanna be just like you Steven!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Cavaliers always have more then enough of those unfortunately I don’t think he’s worth the risk or the time. If anything the Cavaliers could have drafted Noel and taken that chance.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    That I agree with. LOL He’d have been cheaper than Bynum and (by all accounts) much less of a headcase.

  • Jimmy Mack

    Please….NO WAY!!!!!!

  • rlspls

    I hope they pass on Bynum, to injury prone he would not make the team better.