CLEVELAND - Andrew Bynum is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The seven-footer was announced at a press conference on Friday morning at the Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence.
"We are very happy to welcome Andrew to Cleveland and the Cavaliers organization," said General Manager Chris Grant. "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 is excited and hungry to get started and he will dive right in. After going house hunting in the Cleveland area on Friday he will begin his training with the Cavalier staff the following day. Bynum feels the Cavaliers roster has the makeup of a playoff team and said so in a morning press conference on Friday.
" I want to work really hard, this team can do something special we have the talent and now we just need to put in the work. I feel this team has what it takes to make the playoffs and the fans deserve it".
All questions are on Bynums health, especially both reconstructed knees, Bynum says the plan is to be ready for training camp and he expects to "Play a full season"
"I feel like I have alot of room to grow and sitting out last year has me very hungry to play and I can see where I belong"
Bynum says he hopes to lose about 25 pounds before the start of camp and play some where in the range of 280-285 when the season begins.
Bynum was originally selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of St. Joseph H.S. in Metuchen, NJ. In seven seasons, the 7-0, 285-pount center has appeared in 392 games with 300 starts, averaging 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game while shooting .566 from the floor. The 25-year old missed the 2012-13 season with knee injuries. The previous season, 2011-12, Bynum, a two-time NBA Champion, averaged career-highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds for the Lakers and Head Coach Mike Brown, while being voted as a NBA All-Star starter for the Western Conference.