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.