The last time Andrew Bynum touched a basketball he had his best season, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. Problem is — that was two seasons ago.
Since then, according to Bynum’s agent David Lee, he hasn’t done much, gaining 15 pounds in the process and seemingly not shedding an ounce of apathy. Still, Lee defends the Cavs’ new signing:
"His skill level's not in question, so there's no reason to work out. The reality is he has not picked up the ball in some time and he has to get his weight down. He's got to lose probably about 15 pounds, which is not a big deal. But to get on the floor you've got to reduce your weight, otherwise you risk injury."
Bynum is guaranteed $6 million in his first season. If he plays up to his potential, the big man can get up to $24 million. The incentivized contract is good motivation for Bynum, but it hasn’t made an impact just yet. The next time Bynum touches a ball, just don’t expect him to get back on his Lakers flow.