May 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum (17) dunks the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half in game one of the Western Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Andrew Bynum Signs With Cleveland


 

When Andrew Bynum was healthy, many believed he was a better overall player than Dwight Howard.

Then again, Bynum hasn’t been healthy that often.

Nevertheless, the 7-foot free agent center has decided to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

The agreed deal could be worth up to $24 million, and can go as low as $6 million — depending on how much (and how well) Bynum is able to play.

Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, after his knee problems ultimately required season-ending surgery.

The eight-year pro had his best NBA season during his last year 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.

The acquisition of Bynum could be huge for the young Cavs. IF healthy, this move puts them into the postseason — on paper. All of a sudden, a Cleveland versus Miami playoff series doesn’t look that far-fetched.

 

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