It has been reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers are willing to offer Andrew Bynum a $24 million two-year contract, with a team option for the second year. The team is ready to move on if Bynum doesn’t respond in time, but it seems that the Cavs are the favorites to land the injury prone big man.
I’m told Cavs have huge advantage in pursuit of Bynum because of @KyrieIrving. Playing alongside him would help Bynum get easier chances.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) July 9, 2013
Apparently, according to these particular sources, Bynum wants to play with Kyrie Irving. It does make sense in that Irving could make Bynum look better and boost his market value. The two other teams that have expressed interest in Bynum are the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks, but it’s unclear in what direction both those teams are headed. The Cavs are set on contending for the playoffs next season and contributing to a better team would definitely be in Bynum’s best long-term interests.
As for the Cavs, the team is taking precautions and the money in Bynum’s contract would only be partially guaranteed, mostly dependant on whether he plays enough games or not.