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Should Andrew Bynum Sign With The Cleveland Cavaliers?

Submitted by on July 9, 2013 – 12:56 pmOne Comment
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Andrew Bynum is unimpressed with the two-year, $24 million contract that the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly just offered to him. Well, either that or his injured knees are feeling really, really good right now. Because even though the Cavs have made him an offer that seems more than fair when you consider that Bynum played exactly zero seconds during the 2012-13 NBA season because of his bum knees, Bynum is still weighing his options. He’s scheduled to make visits with the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks this week—and he plans on making them. A contract offer from the Cavs is not going to stop him.

But you know what? It should. Wherever he is right now, Bynum should get on a plane, go to Cleveland, and agree to a deal with the Cavs. And I’m not just saying that because they’re giving him a great offer. I’m also saying it because it makes perfect sense for him to sign there. Not only are the Cavs giving him a second year, which is something that a lot of other teams are not giving him (they do, however, have the option of not picking up the second year if they so choose), but they’re also putting him in the position to succeed. The Cavs aren’t a powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination. But they have a good young nucleus with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and this year’s No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett in the mix. They have a fan base that desperately wants to see their team win. And they have a need for a guy like Bynum and would welcome him with open arms. So it seems like a great place for him to land.

If Bynum doesn’t end up signing with the Cavs and instead chooses the Mavs or Hawks, he’s making a mistake. In Dallas, he will be expected to contribute right away and will catch hell from their fans if he doesn’t. In Atlanta, he’ll be stuck in the middle of a strange rebuilding process that could force him to play more minutes than he’s really able to because of his knees. But in Cleveland, the situation is just right for him to come in, contribute where he can, and grow as a player alongside other young guys. So what in the world is he waiting for? SIGN WITH CLEVELAND NOW, ANDREW! Trust us, you’re not going to get a better deal.

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