Bynam meets with Cavaliers
Monday, July 8, 2013
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wondered what other moves general manager Chris Grant had in mind to improve Cleveland this summer.
He knows now.
The Cavs hosted free agent center Andrew Bynum on Monday, a person familiar with the visit said. The 7-foot Bynum, who didn’t play one game for Philadelphia last season because of a knee injury, met with team officials at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the club’s suburban facility, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations.
On Sunday, Gilbert went on Twitter to applaud the team’s acquisition of free agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack, who both agreed to terms on deals with Cleveland last week. On his page, Gilbert wrote: “I am more than excited about (at)TeamEarlClark & (at)JarrettJack03 joining the (at)cavs! Two team players that flat-out make us better. What’s next CG?”
Bynum’s meeting with the Cavs was first reported by ESPN.
Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday night the Cavaliers made a two-year offer to Bynum, according to league sources.
Grant is hoping to land a big man, and with Dwight Howard signing with Houston, the 25-year-old Bynum is the most attractive center on the market. The Cavs want to first make sure Bynum is healthy before offering him a deal.
The Dallas Mavericks are also reportedly interested in Bynum after not getting Howard.
With more than $15 million under the projected salary cap, the Cavs may be interested in offering Bynum a lucrative one-year deal. They don’t want to tie up any money beyond next season because they intend to be active in free agency next summer, when their will be several top-tier players available, maybe even LeBron James, who can opt out of his contract with Miami after next season.
Bynum underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March.
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