Andrew Bynum believes he can play a full season for the Cavaliers despite missing all of last year with two bad knees. Bynum, introduced today at Cleveland Clinic Courts, said the year off has helped both his knees and his mindset.
"I want to play a full season," he said. "There is no doubt in my mind that I can do that. I'm going to be ready. That's the plan."
In order to make Bynum's contract fit under the salary cap, the Cavaliers had to waive Kevin Jones and Chris Quinn. Both players are in Las Vegas with the Cavs summer league team, but both players are injured.
The Cavs also had to renounce the rights of all their other free agents, including Luke Walton, Daniel Gibson and Semih Erden, whose rights they held even after he returned to Turkey last season.
Bynum's work ethic and attitude were sharply criticized during the rehab process and even before the injuries, something he called "unfair." General Manager Chris Grant said Bynum is in a better place now and Bynum agreed.
"Getting my career back on track and really playing a full year is my only goal with this season," Bynum said. "I really feel like I can accomplish it. Work-ethic wise, I come in every day and I work hard. I feel like it's a little bit unfair at times, but that's just something that comes with the territory. Obviously, you take that and use it as motivation to come out and prove everybody wrong."
Bynum has already moved to Cleveland and has found a place to live. He intends to spend the rest of the summer here working out. One of his first priorities is to lose some weight. Bynum said he weighs 305 pounds now and needs to get into the 280s for the season.
With all the additions the Cavaliers made during the summer, Bynum believes the Cavs can return to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2010.
"This is definitely a playoff team," he said. "I'm really excited about this roster. We definitely have the opportunity to go."