Sources: Cavs contenders for Bynum
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:
Times Bob McAdoo 3 Shaquille O'Neal 3 Tim Duncan 3 Dwight Howard 2 David Robinson 1 Hakeem Olajuwon 1
Sources close to the process told ESPN.com that the Cavaliers are legitimate contenders to sign Bynum after his lost season in Philadelphia, especially if the former Los Angeles Lakers All-Star is willing to sign a one-year deal.
Bynum was scheduled to be in Cleveland on Monday so the Cavaliers could have a face-to-face sitdown with the 7-footer, according to sources close to the situation.
Initial indications are that the Cavaliers won't offer more than a one-year deal to Bynum to preserve all of their projected salary-cap space in the summer of 2014 and the expected free-agent pursuit of LeBron James. But Cleveland does still have roughly $15 million in available salary-cap space to use this summer and, sources say, they have legitimate interest in Bynum.
Sources also said Bynum has scheduled in-person meetings in both Atlanta and Dallas this week. The Cavs, Hawks and Mavs are the leading known suitors for Bynum's services.
The Mavericks are actively pursuing Bynum in the wake of Dwight Howard's decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, sources previously told ESPN.com. The Mavs, though, have launched what sources describe as an "exhaustive" evaluation process regarding Bynum's problematic knees, wanting to be sure that the 25-year-old's health can justify a long-term contract after he failed to log a single second of court time for the 76ers in 2012-13.
THE NBA ON ESPN.COM
LOS ANGELES TOP STORIES