December 22, 2014

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Cavs: Andrew Bynum finally arrives

CLEVELAND — Free agent center Andrew Bynum will officially be introduced as a member of the Cavaliers this morning.

Cleveland general manager Chris Grant has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts to unveil his biggest offseason acquisition. The 7-foot Bynum was an NBA All-Star in 2012 while playing for the Lakers.

Andrew Bynum

Bynum agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavaliers last week, spurning more guaranteed money from the Mavericks and Hawks. Cleveland holds a $12 million option on the second season, while only $6 million in the first year is guaranteed.

Though Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season because of chronic knee problems, he is one of the elite centers in the NBA when healthy. He averaged 18.7 points and 11.7 rebounds two years ago while playing for current Cavaliers coach Mike Brown with the Lakers.

The 25-year-old underwent surgery on both of his knees in March, earning a spot in basketball infamy as one of the worst acquisitions in league history by Philadelphia.

The 76ers traded the face of their franchise — All-Star shooting guard Andre Iguodala — and emerging center Nikola Vucevic in order to acquire Bynum, who they paid $16.9 million to wear a suit on the bench.

In a bit of a surprise, the Cavaliers did not make an amnesty claim Thursday on former Heat small forward Mike Miller. Nor did any other team in the NBA, making him an unrestricted free agent even though Miami is responsible for paying his salary for the next two years.

Cleveland’s team at the Las Vegas Summer League also made news by winning its first-round game in the inaugural championship tournament, 72-66 over the Spurs. It will play the Bulls or Heat in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Shooting guard Dion Waiters scored a game-high 27 points for the Cavaliers, while center Tyler Zeller had one point and five rebounds in 20 minutes. The only San Antonio veterans who saw action were guards Nando De Colo and Cory Joseph.

Cleveland swingman Jermaine Taylor added 11 points off the bench, point guard Matthew Dellavedova had a team-high four assists and second-round pick Carrick Felix added nine points and six boards.

Prior to the game, the Cavaliers added former Syracuse point guard — and Waiters’ cousin — Scoop Jardine to their summer roster. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has been working out in Las Vegas with a number of NBA players, hoping to latch onto a team.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.