The second year of the Cavs' contract would be a team option, which ought to be attractive to both parties. Twelve mil seems like a significant chunk of change, but with Bynum's pedigree and upside, it's a worthwhile gamble to take. (He's infinitely more proven than Greg Oden, for instance).
Nevertheless, he's a medical question mark. Via Woj:
Every team with an interest in Bynum is reluctant to commit significant guaranteed money — never mind long-term years — on a player whom even the most generous of medical opinions consider anything but a significant risk to miss more games this season and beyond.
Yay! Fortuantely, with a rejuventated front court — Tristan Thompson, a healthy Varejao, Tyler Zeller, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett — even if Bynum missed stretches of the season, the Cavs wouldn't wear too thin.
Whether or not this is part of a recruiting strategy to lure back LeBron James in the 2014 offseason is irrelevant — it's a fool's errand and not worth discussing. The fact is Bynum claims he's ready to play and he'd be a stud in the low-post. He's make us better this year.
The Cavs quickly made Bynum their offer and want an answer soon. They intend to pursue the likes of Andrei Kirilenko and/or Elton Brand, should Bynum seek more glamorous pastures.
The 25-year-old center is scheduled to meet with the Hawks for lunch in Atlanta and will announce his decision tonight.