Andrew Bynum injury: Cavs center will play in opener against Nets

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Bynum was medically cleared and could make his return to the basketball court against the Brooklyn Nets in the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener.

After a tumultuous year of putting off a return while a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, center Andrew Bynum is finally ready to step back onto the court. The Cleveland Cavaliers' offseason free agent signee was medically cleared and will be active for Wednesday's season opener against the Brooklyn Netsthe Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd reports.

Bynum just began playing five-on-five in practice and will only see restricted minutes. The 7'1 center won't be in the starting lineup but will come off the bench to play a single stint, Cavs coach Mike Brown said.

Fear the Sword: More on the Cavs

Bynum hasn't played in an NBA game since May 21, 2012 as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. After sitting out all of last season after the Lakers traded him to Philadelphia as a key to the Dwight Howard deal, chronic knee issues only allowed Bynum to return to full practice a few weeks ago.

The 26-year signed a two-year, $24.5 million deal with numerous protective measures this offseason. To protect the team should Bynum's knee issues become a major issue again, the second year of the contract is a team option and only $6 million of the first year's value is guaranteed.

Update: Bynum is expected to play about 15 minutes vs. the Nets.

More from SB Nation NBA:

Longform: How the Pistons became a team apart from Detroit

David Roth: NBA players, the last and tallest fans of HBO's "Entourage"

The Hook: Clippers' defensive woes on full display

The King's Revolution: How things changed since LeBron made The Decision

Welcome back, NBA! In-depth previews for all 30 teams

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.