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Cleveland Cavaliers Would Become Instant Playoff Contender If They Signed Andrew Bynum

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Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

Over the holiday weekend, the Houston Rockets made headlines by signing one of the NBA’s top free agent target in Dwight Howard. In turn, Andrew Bynum now becomes the most highly coveted center on the open market and there are a few teams that are hoping to lock him up sooner rather later.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of those teams.

At the moment, the Cavaliers have built themselves a solid core, starting in the back court with Kyrie Irving and second year shooting guard Dion Waiters. In addition, Cleveland used the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft on power forward Anthony Bennett. There are pieces to work with in Cleveland and there’s no doubt that the Cavaliers have given themselves the opportunity to compete for a playoff spot during the 2013-14 season.

Bynum however, may be the one missing piece that can really take them to the next level. With that being said, if Cleveland can land Bynum those would be the expectations and only time will tell if the 7-footer could handle them. The organization has taken its fair share of blows after LeBron James departed for South Beach, but the team could be on the rise in the coming years. Bynum would be an ideal fit and he would give the Cavaliers’ front court a great opportunity to take the next step forward.

The Dallas Mavericks are also in pursuit of Bynum, so it very well could come down to either franchise. Cleveland could instantly become a playoff contender with Bynum, but can they close the deal and bring the free agent big man to town?


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