CLEVELAND — As the Cavaliers await word from Andrew Bynum, two other teams have joined the chase for the free agent center.
Bynum, who didn’t play a single second for Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, is considering a two-year offer from the Cavs, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Cleveland made the offer, which includes a team option in the second year, during his visit to the Cavs’ facility Monday. Bynum did not work out but the team examined him thoroughly. The person with knowledge of the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. Yahoo! Sports first reported Cleveland’s offer and said it was worth $24 million.
While mulling Cleveland’s deal, Bynum visited the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and plans to meet Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks, his agent, David Lee, told the AP on Tuesday night.
Lee said there has been no decision made on Cleveland’s deal. He would not say if the Hawks made Bynum an offer. Bynum lives in Atlanta and could be convinced to stay home.
“I don’t want to comment about any ongoing negotiations,” Lee said.
The 25-year-old Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March, but the Cavs apparently are confident he will return to the form that made him one of the NBA’s best centers and a two-time All-Star.
They’re also counting on him thriving under Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who has returned to the Cavs after being fired three years ago. Brown and Bynum spent one season together with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 7-footer had his best year, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Over the past four seasons, Bynum has averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Cleveland would like to get an answer from Bynum as soon as possible, but the team did not give him any deadline. The NBA’s free-agency moratorium period ends Wednesday.