The landing of Bynum caps a successful offseason for the Cavs and especially general manager Chris Grant, who had more pressure placed on him when owner Dan Gilbert vowed the team would make the playoffs after winning the NBA draft lottery.
After re-hiring Brown, who was fired three years ago, Grant selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s draft. Cleveland then reached agreements with free agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack, two players who will fit nicely into the Cavs’ rotation.
Bynum has the potential to get Cleveland back among the top teams in the Eastern Conference. A force on the floor, the 280-pounder will give Brown a defensive presence to protect the rim and he can do enough on offense to keep teams honest inside.
The Cavs sold Bynum on their future, and their association with the Cleveland Clinic and its doctors were a comfort to a player who has had knee problems for years. Bynum did not work out for the Cavs, but the team was able to examine his knees and came away knowing there are risks but convinced he’s worth their investment.