The Cleveland Cavaliers got their wish as center Andrew Bynum agreed on Wednesday to a 2-year contract.
Andrew Bynum’s deal w/ Cleveland will include $6 million of $12M guaranteed in year 1, league source says. Team option of $12.5M for 14-’15.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2013
Both sides win with this deal. Bynum has wanted a larger deal and the Cavs were the only team to have the necessary cap space to get it done. Fortunately for Cleveland, the second year is an option and only half of the first year is guaranteed. Thus, Bynum must make the most out of the upcoming season or he won’t make nearly as much as he desires.
Next summer, the Cavs want to be major players in free agency therefore the second year team option was non-negotiable. For Bynum, it may work out as well. Cleveland may choose not to bring him back even if he has a solid season in order to go after even bigger free agent names.
Bynum is coming off a year in which he did not play a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers, so the signing by Cleveland is somewhat of a risk. His knees haven’t treated him very well over the years, but doctors have officially cleared him for basketball activities and he is hoping this is the end of his health nightmares.
Bynum is now the third premier big man off the market as both Dwight Howard and Al Jefferson have already chosen their destinations. Many believed Bynum was the weaker out of the three simply because of his injury problems. Bynum will surely be out to prove his critics wrong as he joins one of the better point guards in the NBA in Kyrie Irving, aiming his new team toward a playoff berth.