Cleveland Cavaliers News, Notes and Rumors
Here's a quick roundup of the latest Cleveland Cavaliers stories.
Cavaliers Still Waiting on Andrew Bynum
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, free-agent center Andrew Bynum will not make a decision tonight on which team he will play for next season. It doesn't sound like Bynum has any real timetable, either.
Andrew Bynum will not make a decision tonight and will visit Dallas tomorrow as planned, his agent, David Lee, told the Akron Beacon Journal on Tuesday.Bynum concluded his visit with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
Asked if a decision was expected this evening, Lee said, "Not that I'm aware of."
Bynum has not yet ruled out the Cavaliers, so Atlanta likely did not top Cleveland's two-year, $24 million offer.
The Hawks would be a weird fit for Bynum. They added Paul Millsap and already have Al Horford; I can't envision a ton of lineups where those three post players are on the court together. It'd be a pretty imposing frontline rotation for Atlanta, but for a player looking to rehab his image as much as his skill set, splitting minutes seems like an odd choice.
Bynum would face no such dilemma in Dallas, where he could play as many minutes as he wanted. But Dallas' roster is shockingly bare; I'm sure it'll look better on opening night than it does now, but as things currently stand, it is Dirk Nowitzki and not much else.
If the money is the same, playing with Kyrie Irving has to seal the deal for Bynum. No one on Atlanta or Dallas will get him the easy buckets Kyrie will. Who knows what Bynum's criteria is, but so far, Cleveland has offered the most money and is the best basketball situation.
If Bynum Deal Falls Through, Cavs Could Turn Attention to Kirilenko or Brand
If Bynum does decide to pass on the Cavs, Chris Grant won't waste much time moving on. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Andrei Kirilenko and Elton Brand will be among Chris Grant's next targets.
Bynum, 25, left Cleveland to travel to Atlanta to meet with Hawks officials, and Cleveland has begun to engage free agents Andrei Kirilenko and Elton Brand on possible one-year deals that would preclude the Cavaliers from the ability to sign Bynum, league sources said.
The Cavaliers met with Bynum in Cleveland on Monday, but could fast lose patience with waiting on the two-time NBA champion center to make a decision on accepting the offer, which includes a team option in the second year of the deal, sources said.
Kirilenko seems unlikely to land in Cleveland. The 32-year-old opted out of a $10.2 million deal with Minnesota to hit free agency; he is clearly looking for a long-term commitment. Chris Grant is handing out only one-year deals this summer. Those two finding common ground would shock me.
Kirilenko would be a nice fit on the court. Actually, any legit small forward would be. If it was a pickup game, things would work out swimmingly. But player and team look like they are in two different spots right now.
Brand, on the other hand, probably wouldn't mind a one-year deal in which the Cavs would overpay him. But the last thing the Cavs need right now is another power forward.
I'm pretty sure Grant can find someone better to overpay.
Summer League Roster Announced
Cleveland announced its roster for the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, per NBA.com. The Cavs will carry 11 players, most notably Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.
A year ago, Waiters showed up to summer league out of shape and struggled. This summer, he should dominate.
Summer league performance is a notoriously poor indicator of real NBA success, but Waiters going off would go a long way. This is the equivalent of a high school senior playing in a junior varsity game. Throwing up big numbers doesn't necessarily mean anything, but struggling means Waiters is much further behind the curve than anticipated.
I have no idea what to make of Zeller. He looked wildly uncomfortable for most of his rookie season. I hope he put on some more weight, shoots his jumper with confidence and just generally plays like he knows what he's doing.
Carrick Felix will look bad offensively. All I'm looking for here are the occasional flashes of defensive prowess. Can he knock down corner threes and guard wings? That's really all that matters.
Unfortunately, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett is still recovering from his torn labrum and will not play.
No. 19 pick Sergey Karasev is playing overseas at the moment, and, according to Eurobasket, he is annihilating the competitions. He dropped 31 against Oman in a 117-24 nail-biter, lit up Estonia for 25 in a 106-43 edge-of-your-seat thriller, and scored 20 on South Korea in a 113-53 win. Hopefully the stiff competition prepares him well for his rookie season.
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