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Bynum Agrees to Two-Year Deal With Cavaliers, Plain Dealer Says

July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Andrew Bynum, who hasn’t played in the National Basketball Association since the 2011-12 season, has agreed to a two-year contract worth up to $24 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Plain Dealer reported, citing a person familiar with the deal.

The 25-year-old center, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2011-12 season by the Philadelphia 76ers, didn’t play last season after he suffered a bone bruise and then injured his knee while bowling. He had surgery on both knees in March.

The contact guarantees Bynum $6 million in the first season with a second-year team option, the Plain Dealer said. The deal could be worth $24 million based on incentives.

Bynum chose the Cavaliers over the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, the newspaper said.

He is expected to be ready to play by the start of training camp, the Plain Dealer said, citing Bynum’s agent, David Lee. Lee said Bynum has to lose about 15 pounds.

The last time he played in the NBA, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds during 60 games in the 2011-12 season with the Lakers.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

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