After much speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers offered a two-year, $24 million deal to free agent center Andrew Bynum, he has officially accepted their offer. The two-year contract includes $6 million of $12 million guaranteed in the first year and a $12 million team option for the 2014-2015 season.
This deal is a win-win situation for both the Cavaliers and Bynum. If he plays up to his potential and hype in his first year back from injury, then the Cavaliers will smartly activate the team option. Bynum is the big man the Cavaliers were desperately lacking and looking for this offseason.
On the other hand, no matter if Bynum plays a game or not, he will make at least $6 million. Hopefully for the Cavaliers’ sake, the 2013-14 season won’t be a repeat of Bynum’s 2012-2013 season. With the Cavaliers’ signing of Bynum, multiple teams including the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks, will be looking at “plan B” big-man options.
For the Cavaliers, they stole a big-man option from the aforementioned teams, and so far it looks like Bynum will be back ready to go come October. Hopefully he stays off the bowling alleys and is focused on having a successful comeback season. Furthermore, the Cavaliers also did not break the bank for Bynum and didn’t take a huge risk by foolishly trading away valuable assets like the Philadelphia 76ers did a year ago.
It is now official: Bynum will be the new face of the Cavaliers. He won’t be the next LeBron James for Cleveland fans, but he should put some hope back into Cleveland fans.
Phil Naegely is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @pnaegelyRS and add him to your circles on Google.