INDEPENDENCE– The Cavaliers introduced 7-foot free agent center Andrew Bynum on Friday morning at the team’s practice facility in Independence.
The big man signed a two-year contract with only 6 million of the 24 million guaranteed.
The Cavaliers hold a club option on the second year.
The deal represents a new beginning for the maligned center, who caught flack this past season while battling knee injuries.
He did not play at all for the Philadelphia 76ers, while hearing people slam his work ethic. He says that is all unfair criticism. “I have had injuries in the past. There’s a lot to be said for people who think that, but I think if you get to know me and you look at how hard I have worked to get where I am now; that’s kinda nonsense,” said Bynum, who wore a white Cavaliers shirt in the news conference.
Bynum praised Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, calling him “world renowned.”
He said a good #1 – #5 combo in this game is key and he looks forward to playing with Irving, who like Bynum,is a product of New Jersey.
Bynum talked a lot about playing for Cavs coach Mike Brown whom he played under two seasons ago during an All Star year. “We had a great relationship in Los Angeles, contrary to what people have said. I had my best year under him as a coach and he really wants to get the ball inside. I am looking forward to working with him again.”
Bynum said he weighs around 305 pounds and the goal is to play in the 280s. He said he is doing a lot of non-weight bearing exercises for his knees and is not yet at the point where he can sprint up and down the court.