The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t joking around when it was reported that they were interested in free agent center Andrew Bynum.
They made that clear on Monday evening, when they officially offered the often-injured 7-foot center a two-year, $24 million contract offer.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs are “pushing” Bynum to accept the “incentive-based” contract offer, threatening to move on if he doesn’t accept on their time. The contract would include a team option for the second year.
”The incentives of a possible Bynum contract could include minimal hurdles of completing training camp and reaching minutes and games-played plateaus in the regular season, league sources said.”
Bynum missed the entire 2-12-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, after his knee problems ultimately required season-ending surgery.
The eight-year pro has his best NBA season during his last with the Los Angeles Lakers (11-12), averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. He was traded to the 76ers as a part of a four-team deal that, most notably, brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
WILL BYNUM AGREES WITH DETROIT
While one Bynum continues to mull over his decision, another has agreed to re-sign with the Detroit Pistons.
Will Bynum's deal in Detroit is for two years, $5.75 million.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 9, 2013
Bynum averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 assists last season with the Pistons.