(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — The Cleveland Cavaliers and free agent center Andrew Bynum agreed to a two-year deal worth $24 million on Friday.
Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers due to knee injuries, but has been medically cleared to play by the start of training camp.
“We are very happy to welcome Andrew to Cleveland and the Cavaliers organization,” General Manager Chris Grant said on Friday. “His talent, size and experience clearly have the potential to very positively impact our team. He has the ability to strengthen the foundation we are creating and continue to be very excited about. At the same time, we are fully aware of where he is in his journey to get back on the court and will provide every resource possible to support and enhance this process.”
Bynum was drafted by the Lakers in 2005 and averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in the 2011-12 season.
“I have had a year off, had a year to watch basketball and really learn the game from the outside in,” Bynum said on Friday. “I see what I need to do and I’m just anxious, I’m waiting to start.”
Bynum will be joining his former head coach Mike Brown, who spent two seasons coaching the Lakers.
“I want to play a full season,” Bynum said. “I’m going to be ready, that’s the plan. As long as I stick to it, I really believe I have a great chance with this organization.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN