DALLAS -- Andrew Bynum warmmed the hearts of the Dallas Mavericks for a minute, then decided his basketball career should continue in Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
Bynum interviewed with the Mavs' personnel -- and also ate lunch with them -- at a Dallas hotel on Wednesday. A few hours later, the 7-foot, 285-pound free agent center decided to sign a two-year, $24.5 million contract with the Cavs.
The Mavs were concerned about Bynum's chronic knee problems. The 25-year old underwent surgery on both knees in March and did not play a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers this past season.
Bynum was Plan B for the Mavs after their Plan A free agent center, Dwight Howard, agreed last Friday to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Houston Rockets.
The Mavs are now extremely interested in 32-year old Samuel Dalembert, who has averaged eight points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his career. Dalembert averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds in only 16.3 minutes while playing 47 games for the Milwaukee Bucks this past season.
Brandan Wright, Elton Brand and Greg Oden are also on the Mavs' radar.
-- Dwain Price
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