Andrew Bynum has chose to accept the contract offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The contract is for 2 year and up to $24 million dollars. Only $6 million of that contract is guaranteed with another $6 being incentive laden. If Bynum returns to his 2011 form he will earn the full $12 million dollars and the Cavs will pickup the second year of his contract. If he doesn’t either due to injury or erosion of skill due to years of injury he earns $6 million, his option is not picked up and he will go begging into next year for another 1 year, for far less, contract. Chris Broussard of ESPN was the first to break the news, typing up his tweet quicker then our friend Sam Amico from Fox Sports Ohio. A big thanks to Conrad Kaczmarek from Fear the Sword for the featured artwork of Bynum in a Cavs uniform.
The Bynum signing, no matter the results, is the biggest free agent signing in the Cavs history. Jarrett Jack, earlier this off-season, is the second biggest. Prior to this the Cavs acquired all of the biggest names via trade or the draft. Through the draft the Cavs have brought in stars Brad Daughtery, Mark Price, Larry Nance, Kevin Johnson and Lebron James. They have acquired Shaquille O’Neal, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao, Mo Williams, Ben Wallace, Dan Ferry and Delonte West through trades. The 3 biggest signings before this were Donyell Marshall, Damon Jones and Larry Hughes. Those 3 contract were large and long, the Bynum and Jack deals are for 1 and 3 years guaranteed with 1 more year options.
Look forward to all of the fall out from this signing throughout the rest of the week and weekend.