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NBA AM: Cavs Going All In For Andrew Bynum
Posted By Lang Greene On July 9, 2013 @ 10:40 am In Main Page,NBA | No Comments
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During this year’s draft lottery Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert made it perfectly clear he expected his team to be competing for a playoff spot in 2014 and not another high draft pick.
So far all signs this offseason point toward the Cavaliers following this directive and the club is currently shaping up to be a team on the rise. Since the end of the season the team hired a new head coach in Mike Brown, who possesses a career win percentage of .653 in 481 contests pacing the sidelines. Brown has never missed the playoffs in his full six seasons as a head coach.
The club also drafted talented forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft. In free agency, the team has agreed to terms with veteran guard Jarrett Jack and small forward Earl Clark.
But the team isn’t finished reshaping their roster.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cavaliers have offered former All-Star center and unrestricted free agent Andrew Bynum a two-year deal worth up to $24 million. HOOPSWORLD’s Yannis Koutroupis was the first to report that the Cavaliers were interested in Bynum. The deal is reported to be loaded with incentives due to Bynum’s extensive injury history. The veteran center missed the entire 2013 campaign as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers nursing his problematic knees.
There is some risk involved here for the Cavaliers as Bynum has appeared in at least 70 regular season games just once since entering the league in 2006. The second year of the deal would be a team option which would in essence negate some of the risk in the big man in the event he couldn’t stay healthy.
Nonetheless when fully healthy Bynum remains a top three center in the game capable of providing double-double production on a nightly basis.
Bynum has refused to work out for teams during the free agency process but that hasn’t stopped Cleveland from showing interest.
The Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are also rumored to be in the mix and have cap room to offer a lucrative one-year offer.
The Cavaliers have not won more than 24 games in a season since the 2010 campaign, before reigning MVP LeBron James opted to leave town in free agency.
Lakers Set To Amnesty Metta World Peace, Add Chris Kaman: The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly use their amnesty provision on former All-Star forward Metta World Peace according to Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.
World Peace was set to earn $7.7 million next season after exercising his player option, but now the team could potentially save between $14 million to $21 million according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times by parting ways with the veteran.
While the Lakers will shave off a significant portion of their payroll expenses if they do decide to amnesty World Peace, the team still won’t be far enough under the salary threshold to gain access to the $5.2 million mid-level exception.
Keep in mind this move isn’t official as the Lakers can only use the amnesty provision between July 10 and 16. However, it does seem like the move is imminent judging by this tweet from Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant.
World Peace averaged 12 points and five rebounds for the Lakers this past season.
In other Lakers news, The team has agreed to terms with former All-Star center Chris Kaman on a one-year deal using the club’s mini mid-level exception.
Kaman played for the Dallas Mavericks last season posting 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 66 contests.
Speights Set To Join Golden State: The Golden State Warriors continue stockpiling talent this offseason. The latest move was agreeing to terms with unrestricted free agent big man Marreese Speights.
The deal is reportedly for three-years, with the team holding an option for the final season. Speights averaged 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds last season in 79 games playing for Cleveland and Memphis.
Speights was traded by Memphis to Cleveland in January as the Grizzlies looked to shed salary. In Cleveland, Speights quickly became one of the team’s top reserves.
The Warriors were in the market for additional frontcourt depth after valuable reserve forward Carl Landry agreed to a four-year deal with the Sacramento Kings.
The Market For Monta Ellis: With Chris Paul, Dwight Howard Josh Smith and Al Jefferson now off the free agency board, Monta Ellis is arguably the most talented player without a new deal waiting to be signed on July 10.
However the veteran guard has been rumored to have interest from Atlanta and Sacramento.
According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Kings are aggressively pursuing the Ellis and the contract specifics are being discussed.
Ellis opted out of the final year of contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in order to test free agency and secure a multi-year deal. Ellis was set to earn $11 million next season.
Sacramento has been aggressive this offseason, agreeing in principle on a four-year deal with forward Carl Landry and trading for emerging point guard Greivis Vasquez. Deals won’t be official until the league moratorium is lifted on July 10.
Ellis played in all 82 regular season games for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, averaging 19.2 points and 6 assists on 42 percent shooting from the floor.
Jonny Flynn Looking For Another NBA Opportunity: The NBA’s Summer League is a place for young talent to develop their games and showcase their talent for teams around the league. Rosters are typically a mixed bag of incoming rookies, former lottery picks, players making comebacks and guys who have bounced around in foreign leagues after their collegiate careers.
One player looking to earn a contract this summer is former lottery pick Jonny Flynn.
Flynn was selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, ahead of players such as Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Ty Lawson and Jrue Holiday. After a solid rookie season, where he averaged 13.5 points in 81 contests, Flynn was unable to remain healthy and bounced around the league the next two seasons.
Flynn is currently playing with the Indiana Pacers’ summer league team in Orlando and believes this is an outlet which could put him back on the NBA radar.
“It’s great,” Flynn told HOOPSWORLD. “Not only for myself but for everybody. It’s a showcase. There’s a lot of guys looking for job, so it’s a job interview. We just don’t wear suits and ties, we wear jerseys and sneakers. So this is a great opportunity for me to go out and show people I’m not hurt anymore and get after it.”
One of the Pacers’ weaker areas on the roster last season was its depth at point guard. The team agreed to terms with CJ Watson early in free agency to address the need but the team could be looking to add additional depth at the position.
Flynn would love to secure a deal with Indiana, but is viewing this stint at Orlando Summer League as a means to generate interest from teams around the league.
“I’m just trying to get a job,” Flynn said. “If it is with the Pacers that would be great, but this is a showcase for all 30 teams right now.”
Flynn did not play in the NBA last season. The guard appeared in 29 games for Houston and Portland during the 2012 campaign.
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