NBA free agency: Cavs offer Bynum 2-year deal, Turkoglu negotiates with Orlando for buyout
Matt Rourke, File, Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Andrew Bynum has a new team waiting for him.
The enigmatic free-agent center, who didn't play a single second for Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, is mulling a two-year offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Cleveland made the offer, which includes a team option in the second year, during his visit to the Cavs' facility Monday. Bynum did not work out but the team examined him thoroughly.
The person with knowledge of the negotiations spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. Yahoo! Sports first reported Cleveland's offer and said it was worth $24 million.
The 25-year-old Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in March, but the Cavs apparently are confident he will return to the form that made him one of the NBA's best centers.
They're also counting on him thriving under Cleveland coach Mike Brown, who has returned to the Cavs after being fired three years ago. Brown and Bynum spent one season together with the Los Angeles Lakers and the 7-footer had his best year, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Over the past four seasons, Bynum has averaged 14.7 points and 9.5 rebounds.
Cleveland has competition in its pursuit of Bynum, who was scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and is expected to visit Dallas on Wednesday. The Mavericks need a big man after losing out in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes.
It's not clear when Bynum will make his decision. The NBA's free-agency moratorium period ends Wednesday.
Meanwhile in Orlando, Hedo Turkoglu is apparently looking to end his stint with the Magic.
Despite a contract worth potentially $12 million dollars, only $6 million of which is guaranteed, both the club and the player are seeking to end their relationship early. Orlando is revamping its franchise around a strong core of young players, and apparently both parties agree that Turkoglu isn't part of that future, though no deal is reportedly imminent.
If Turkoglu is released, he'll enter the market as a free agent, able to sign with whatever club he chooses. Some have projected he could play in Indiana, but following the free agent signing of Chris Copeland, it's not likely he'll play there.
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski first reported negotiations between Turkoglu and the club were progressing. Turkoglu was suspended from league play for 20 games last season for testing positive for a banned substance.
Associated Press writer Tom Withers contributed heavily to this report.
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