Accourding to Sam Amico from FOX Sports, sources state that Andrew Bynum will miss the entire preseason, and is “nowhere near ready.”
The Cavaliers have taken a gamble by signing the injury-prone Andrew Bynum, but it’s a low risk, high reward type of deal, considering the fact that Bynum is only guaranteed $6 million. His contract will not become 100% guaranteed until after January 10.
Fortunately for Cleveland, reports have not ruled Andrew Bynum out from returning early into the regular season. As of right now, nobody seems to have a clear timetable for his comeback.
When healthy, the 25-year-old center is an absolute beast. He averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in 2011, during his last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum was then traded to Philadelphia in a blockbuster trade including Dwight Howard and Andre Iguodala, but did not play a single game for the Sixers due to numerous knee injuries.
Despite being injury prone and having missed the entire 2012/13 NBA season, signing Andrew Bynum could be a potential jackpot for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Assuming he comes back healthy and dominant like before, Bynum would take a ton of pressure off Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett.
With Anderson Varejao at the center position, Cleveland does not have to rush Bynum’s return. Instead, they should wait until he is fully recovered and ready to come back as a dominant force in the paint. Despite only playing 25 games due to injuries, Varejao averaged 14.1 points and 14.4 rebounds during the 2012/13 NBA season. Delightfully, the Brazilian center has been recently cleared to practice for the Cavaliers.
All in all, critics will have to wait before judging the Cavaliers addition of Andrew Bynum. This signing may not only be great for Cleveland’s upcoming NBA season, but for their long-term plans as well. They will have an enormous amount of cap space in the near future, which will allow them to sign superstars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, alongside franchise player Kyrie Irving.