After missing the entire 2012/13 NBA season in Philadelphia, center Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign on with the Kyrie Irving-led Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2013/14 season. Bynum, who has famously struggled with injuries throughout his 8-year NBA career had been considering numerous teams including the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, but eventually decided on joining ex-Lakers coach Mike Brown as well as Irving, Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark in Cleveland. The deal is said to be $24.5 million over 2 years ($6 million guaranteed for the first year, $12.5 million team option for the second), a hugely lucrative deal for Bynum who has given no indication as to a return date. Bynum made $16 million in Philadelphia last season whilst not stepping foot on a basketball court during his time there, after being traded to the Sixers as part of the blockbuster deal which sent Dwight Howard to the LA Lakers last summer.
Cavs fans will be eager to see Bynum on the court alongside star point guard Kyrie Irving and number one draft pick Anthony Bennett, and will be hoping this will be the team to guide them back to the playoffs in 2013/14.