Report: Mavericks, Cavaliers favorites to land Bynum

The Mavericks weren’t able to get their man in Dwight Howard, so now they are setting their sights on their next target in Andrew Bynum.

According to reports, the Mavericks are one of two leading contenders for Bynum’s services.  The Cleveland Cavaliers are also vying for the 7-foot center, and are reportedly meeting with him Monday.

Bynum’s visit with the Cavs was first reported by ESPN.

Only one question remains, what kind of deal does an often-injured center get from one of these two teams? Bynum, of course, will be looking to get as much guaranteed money as possible after sitting out his entire tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers last season.

The Cavaliers are reportedly only interested in offering Bynum a one-year contract in order to preserve cap space for the 2014 season in a possible pursuit of LeBron James.

The Mavericks are taking a more cautious route wanting to be sure that Bynum’s problematic knees won’t have more predictable issues before offering a long-term contract, launching an “exhaustive” evaluation process on the 25-year-old center’s health, according to

The Associated Press contributed to this report.