Reports: Andrew Bynum agrees to sign with Cavaliers


That was fast.

After meeting with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Andrew Bynum has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to multiple reports.

The contract details appear to be the same as were initially reported.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Apparently the Mavs didn’t feel like the risk was worth taking with Bynum, who missed all of last season due to multiple knee injuries and may not even be ready for the start of training camp before next season.

Dallas had limited cap space anyway for the upcoming season, and would have had to make some moves to get to a place where the team would have been able to match or exceed what Cleveland was offering.

It’s a gamble worth taking for a Cavaliers team that has one of the game’s most dynamic young players in Kyrie Irving, and will see the number one overall pick in this year’s draft in Anthony Bennett added to the roster.

The bigger picture in Cleveland involves hopes that LeBron James may be willing to return in free agency the year after next, so adding talent around Irving to turn the team into a winner before then would only be helping those odds, however long they may actually be. Cleveland also signed Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark in free agency this summer.

Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game in his best NBA season back in 2011-12 with the Lakers.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.