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Cavaliers meet with free-agent center Andrew Bynum

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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wondered what other moves General Manager Chris Grant had in mind to improve Cleveland this summer.

He knows now.

The Cavaliers hosted free-agent center Andrew Bynum on Monday, a person familiar with the visit told the Associated Press. The 7-foot Bynum, who didn't play a game for Philadelphia last season because of a knee injury, met with team officials at Cleveland Clinic Courts, the club's suburban facility, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of negotiations.

On Sunday, Gilbert went on Twitter to applaud the team's acquisition of free-agent forward Earl Clark and guard Jarrett Jack, who both agreed to terms on deals with Cleveland last week. On his page, Gilbert wrote: "I am more than excited about @TeamEarlClark & @JarrettJack03 joining the @cavs! Two team players that flat-out make us better. What's next CG?"

Grant is hoping to land a big man, and with Dwight Howard leaving the Lakers to sign with Houston, the 25-year-old Bynum is the most attractive center on the market. The Cavaliers want to first make sure Bynum, the former Laker, is healthy before offering him a deal.

The Dallas Mavericks are also reportedly interested in Bynum after not getting Howard.

Because they're more than $15 million under the projected salary cap, the Cavaliers may be interested in offering Bynum a lucrative one-year deal. They don't want to tie up any money beyond next season because they intend to be active in free agency next summer.

Bullock happy to be a Clipper

Clippers rookie Reggie Bullock already was familiar with two of the key Clippers — new Coach Doc Rivers and All-Star guard Chris Paul — even before he was drafted..

Now Bullock will play for Rivers and with Paul, something Bullock was excited to talk about when he was introduced to the media Monday. The 6-foot-7 forward was drafted in the first round (25th overall) by the Clippers during last month's NBA draft.

He called Rivers one of the best coaches in the NBA.

"I'm just going to play my game," Bullock said. "They've seen so much film on me that they know what I'm capable of doing, which is shooting the ball and defending. So I'm just going to try to be hectic on defense and try to knock down shots when they come to me."

When Bullock played at North Carolina, he played against Rivers' son, Austin Rivers, who played for Duke. Doc Rivers went to several North Carolina-Duke games, which gave the Clippers coach an idea of what Bullock could do. Last season Bullock averaged 13.9 points on 48.3% shooting, including 43.6% from three-point range.

Bullock also played on Paul's 15-and-under AAU team in North Carolina, and the two have been friends since. "He helped me throughout this whole process, through training, traveling around to teams," Bullock said.

— Broderick Turner

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A person with knowledge of the deal says the Golden State Warriors and forward Marreese Speights reached an agreement on a free-agent contract. Speights should help fill the void left by power forward Carl Landry, who agreed to a four-year, $26-million deal with the Sacramento Kings. Speights averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in the final 39 games with Cleveland after coming over in a trade from Memphis last season. ... Adam Aron stepped down as chief executive of the Philadelphia 76ers and was replaced by former Madison Square Garden Sports president Scott O'Neil.

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