Andrew Bynum, an extremely talented young center, has always been plagued by injuries. After being with the Lakers for many seasons, and never being able to remain on the court for a significant amount of time, the Lakers sought to trade him. With Dwight Howard on the market, the Lakers were able to acquire one of the best centers in the league and get rid of “damaged goods”.
Before the season, it seemed like it could be a match made in heaven. With Jrue Holiday, a very talented point guard, and a healthy Bynum, the 76ers believed they had acquired cornerstones for their team. In his final year of his contract, Andrew Bynum spent the entire season on the bench, unable to play due to injury.
Now, the 76ers have traded Jrue Holiday and have gotten Nerlens Noel among other first round picks. They have also gotten rid of Bynum, who was offered a two year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal is reportedly worth 12 million dollars, with the majority of the money coming from incentives.
There are a few incentives for Bynum to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving, the number one overall pick in the 2013 draft Anthony Bennett, and with Mike Brown, one of Bynum’s former coaches. While he has not accepted the offer, I can’t imagine any better situation, a team with young stars that does not have pressure to win now. This will allow for Bynum to heal in time, away from scrutiny and if healthy, will team him up with a few young stars.