The story has a few tentacles to it that need to be analyzed and addressed starting here with the takeaways from the choice.
What it says about Bynum
– Money is important.
– Surrounding talent, specifically Kyrie Irving, is important.
– While he butted heads with Mike Brown in LA he respects Brown and wanted to play for him again.
– Bynum bet about $18 million on himself.
– He never was recruited, being drafted out of high school, and wanted to complete the 3 team visits before deciding.
– Not working out for teams either means he is still injured greatly or he is arrogant based on his 2011 season.
– Opportunity to make the playoffs was a factor.
What it says about Mike Brown
– His firm coaching caused strife in LA, but was a draw for Bynum.
– The 3 players he sought to bring to Cleveland this off-season came.
– League players respect Brown.
– He recruits.
– He is confident in his second go round, and third HC position.
– He believes he can control his young locker room.
What it says about Dan Gilbert and Chris Grant
– Gilbert is still willing to spend money.
– They, along with Nick Gilbert, were serious about making the playoffs this year.
– They learned from depending on old veterans.
– They are willing to take limited risks.
– They have learned how to draw in free agents.
What it says about the Cavs
– The team will compete.
– The team has flexibility.
– The team addressed there off-seasons needs:
– Athletic players – Jarrett Jack, Anthony Bennett and Earl Clark
– Shooting – Sergey Karasev, Jack and Bennett
– Size and Girth – Andrew Bynum and Anthony Bennett
– The team beat out Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.
– The team beat out Danny Ferry’s Atlanta Hawks.