The Cleveland Cavaliers made their big splash during the 2013 NBA Free Agency period when they signed former Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum to a 2-year, $24 million deal. Bynum was recently introduced by the team and had a lot of great things to say about the organization and this chance the Cavs have given him.
While Bynum may be excited to start his career in Cleveland and attempt to get them back to the playoffs, this next year will likely wind up being a repeat of 2012 for the big man.
The 76ers never got to see him in action as he sat out due to injury for the entire season and wound up letting him go instead of trying to bring him back. With a team option on the second year of Bynum’s deal, Cleveland has the chance to let him go next summer if they don’t feel it necessary to keep him.
I believe this will be the more likely scenario, regardless of how Bynum plays in 2013. Even if he does play pretty well considering the circumstances, Cleveland may wind up allowing him to enter free agency next summer in attempt to get their hands on some even bigger names.
2014 will be one of the biggest free agency years in recent memory and of course the Cavs are in the market to bring back their hometown kid LeBron James. Whether that ends up happening is a completely different — and bizarre — story.
The only way I see this theory being proved wrong is if Bynum comes back with a vengeance and proves to be the same guy he was when he left the Los Angeles Lakers, putting up close to 20 points and over 10 boards per game. If that doesn’t happen, I think the Cavs let him go and see him used this year as simply a rental.