INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As he addressed his reasons for signing with the Cavaliers, guard Jarrett Jack was asked about the team's new center, the former All-Star with the balky knees and uncertain future.
What can Andrew Bynum do for the Cavs?
"Who?" Jack joked.
Cleveland's free-agent class is still missing one member.
Bynum, who has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs, was not present at a news conference Friday as the Cavs introduced their two newest players: Jack and forward Earl Clark. The Cavs and Bynum's agent, David Lee, are still finalizing the complex deal that should eventually land the enigmatic 7-footer in Cleveland sometime next week.
Bynum never played for Philadelphia after being traded to the 76ers last summer because of knee injuries, and the Cavs are making sure they have protection in case he's not ready to play. The sides agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal that only guarantees Bynum $6 million and includes a team option in the second year. Bynum can earn $12 million in the first year if he reaches performance incentives.
While he works on closing Bynum's deal, general manager Chris Grant said he's excited to add players who bring toughness, leadership and playoff experience to the Cavs' young core.
"We spent a lot of time debating and talking about these two gentlemen here and how well they fit into our organization," Grant said. "We're very happy to add both of these true professionals to our team."
By league rules, Grant was not allowed to discuss Bynum. However, Jack was eager to analyze what the big man could do for a franchise that has gone 64-166 the past three years.
"An anchor in the middle is something every team is desperately in need for and when healthy, he's one of the best, if not the best big men in the game," Jack said. "If we're able to lock it down, and make this thing come to fruition, I think he definitely helps take our team to the next level — and if he's able to stay healthy, obviously."
Jack signed a four-year, $25 million contract after averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 assists in 79 games for Golden State. Once the Warriors renounced his rights as a restricted free agent, Jack looked at his options and decided the Cavaliers, despite winning just 24 games last season, were a good fit.
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