Cavs offer Andrew Bynum 2-year deal
High Risk, High Reward
When Andrew Bynum was healthy, like in 2011-12, he became one of the few players ever to average at least 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game at the age of 24 or younger. The others:
According to the sources, the Cavs are mostly worried about Dallas in the Bynum chase and thus have tried to construct an offer that the Mavs can't touch while likewise doing no harm to their long-planned bid to try to bring LeBron James back to Ohio in free agency in the summer of 2014.
The Cavs would hold a team option in the second year of the proposed deal, which they feel would provide the needed flexibility to keep Bynum if he bounces back in a big way or part ways with him if Bynum's famously shaky knees -- he had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March -- don't hold up.
Yahoo! Sports had earlier reported the details of Cleveland's offer.
Fitzsimmons and Durrett
ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Cleveland sees the possible addition of Bynum as a unique opportunity, given how rarely former All-Star centers become available -- especially at age 25 -- as well as achievable for a franchise not exactly known for its free-agent pull.
Bynum played one season in Los Angeles under Cleveland coach Mike Brown and had his best season, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Over the past four seasons, Bynum has averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
ESPN.com senior writer Marc Stein contributed to this report. Information from The Associated Press also was used.