Update on Cavs' pursuit on Andrew Bynum: ESPN sources say Bynum scheduled to be in Cleveland today for face-to-face recruiting sitdown— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2013
Cavs, remember, would only offer one-year deal IF they decide to proceed on Bynum. But they can offer richest one-year deal out there— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2013
Cavs don't want to do anything to cut into 2014 cap space. So one-year deal is as far as they'll go. Mavs remain Bynum's other prime suitor— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2013
I was honestly unsure how real the Cavaliers' interest was until this set of tweets. Yesterday's Bynum reports could have easily been a ploy by his agent in order to get the Mavericks to ramp up their contract offer. Even if this meeting serves that purpose today, I doubt the Cavaliers would waste their own time if they weren't at least interested in hearing what Bynum had to say.
If Bynum is willing to take a year to try to increase his free agency value, the Cavaliers can certainly pay him handsomely to do so. While some have speculated that the Cavaliers' offer may be near $15 million per season, I just can't see it exceeeding $13 million due to what their cap space situation is. They would have to offload some money even after declining C.J. Miles' team option in that scenario, and I find that to be unlikely.
We'll be keeping you updated with this story as new information comes available, so stay tuned. Today could be a fun day for the Cavaliers.