While there remains no official word, and Andrew Bynum’s agent is telling reporters no decision is coming today, the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have a sneaking suspicion the free-agent center wants to play for another team, sources close to the situation told FOX Sports Ohio.
That team, sources said, is the Dallas Mavericks.
Bynum has met with three teams in the past three days — the Cavs on Monday, the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday, and the Mavericks on Wednesday.
His agent, David Lee, spoke to both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal, and indicated no decision is coming today. Nor have there been any actual reports that Bynum is signing with the Mavericks.
But inside Cavs headquarters doubts about Bynum coming to Cleveland are increasing with each moment he doesn’t make a call, sources said.
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the Cavs have offered Bynum a contract that could pay him up to $24 million over two seasons, provided he meets several incentives.
Meanwhile, the Dallas News reported the Mavericks are still trying to figure out how much they can guarantee Bynum, even after the sides have met.
“At this point, we’re having a medical discussion and we’ll have an opportunity to get with his agent and better understand the risks involved and make a good decision for our franchise,” Mavs president Donnie Nelson told the Dallas News.
“We talk to his agent all the time. We’re in the process of gathering information. We still need help and support in the frontcourt and we’re going to turn over every stone.”
Bynum missed all of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers with knee issues. He played for current Cavs coach Mike Brown when the two were with the Lakers in 2011-12 – when Bynum put up career-highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8), while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Playing for Brown, and the large upfront payday, are said to have Bynum’s camp strongly considering the Cavs’ offer.
Right now, however, the Cavs appear unsure if that is actually indeed the case.