This time last year, Andrew Bynum was under every assumption that he would play out his four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, the seven-foot center was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers in early August of 2012 and immediately became an icon in Philadelphia. However, Bynum wouldn’t even step foot on the hardwood with the 76ers due to a knee injury.
Long story short, the 25-year-old big man has been across the county and now he is heading to the Midwest where he will play for the up-and-coming Cleveland Cavaliers. This is a team that was insanely interested in Bynum before he blew his knee out last season, so you knew that Cleveland would come calling once No. 17 hit the open market in 2013. It wasn’t easy reeling the center to town, however; the Dallas Mavericks seemed hellbent on putting the All-Star center alongside Dirk Nowitzki this year.
Too bad, Mark Cuban!
Naturally, the Cavs’ fan base is going to grow by the thousands once Bynum puts on the uniform. Although, this guy could definitely be a bust for the Cavs just like he was for the 76ers — Cleveland is also known for its sports teams ended up with egg on their faces. Not to mention, Kyrie Irving also has a knack for missing chunks of seasons due to injury, so don’t exactly count the Cavaliers as the 2014 NBA Finals champions just yet.
With that being said, the Cavs are better today than they were yesterday, which is the whole point of free agency.