Bynum to the Cavs, Jeter to start for Yanks, Rask gets mega-deal with the Bruins, NFL mandatory pads, Ole Miss suspends Henderson, Stann retires from MMA + Wednesday Recap: Thursday, July 11, 2013

Andrew Bynum gets two-year incentive laden deal with Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers have rolled the dice and used most of their remaining cap room to sign injury plagued big man Andrew Bynum. The ex-Laker/76er will get a two-year $24.5 million dollar deal of which just $6 million is guaranteed. Bynum has had chronic knee problems and didn’t play a game last year after moving from the Lakers to Philadelphia in the original Dwight Howard deal. If Bynum is even somewhat healthy, he could be the key to luring Lebron James back to Cleveland. James can opt out of his deal with the heat at the end of the 2014 season.

In other NBA free agency news …..

Mr. Big Shot is back with the Pistons. Chauncey Billups signed a two-year deal with Detroit worth about $5 million. Billups played from 2002-2009 with the Pistons winning a title in 2004.

Atlanta Hawks PG Jeff Teague will reportedly sign an offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks. Teague is a restricted free agent so the Hawks will still have the opportunity to match. The Bucks also sure up their PG position by picking up Luke Ridnour from the Timberwolves for a second round pick.

Jeter will DH against Kansas City tonight

The Captain is back. Injuries to Bret Gardner and Travis Hafner has brought Derek Jeter off the DL early and he’ll DH and bat second in today’s matinee vs Kansas City. Jeter has missed the entire season to this point after breaking his left ankle in last year’s ALDS series. Jeter was 1-for-9 in his three game rehab stint at AAA Scranton.

Bruins reward Rask with 8-year $56 million dollar deal

The Boston Bruins rode the hot hand of Tuukka Rask to the Stanley Cup finals and they’ve rewarded the Finn goalie with an eight-year contract worth $7 million annually. Rask went 19-10-5 with a GAA of 2.00 and a .929 save percentage with five shutouts highlighted by a four-game playoff sweep of the high octane Pittsburg Penguins where he allowed just two goals.

NFL mandate to players, no pads means no play

The NFL will enforce a enacted in 2012 mandating that players on the field must wear knee and thigh pads. Several big name players blasted the rule preferring instead to pay fines. Compliance will not be an option this year as players not wearing the pads will be removed from games. Equipment manufactures have been working at a fever pitch to improve the comfort, weight and safety aspects of the pads.

Marshall Henderson suspended indefinitely by Ole Miss

Shooting guard Marshall Henderson’s future at Ole Miss is in jeopardy after he was suspended by the school for reportedly failing drug tests. Henderson averaged 20.1 ppg for the Rebels who upset Florida in the SEC championship game and advanced to the round of 32 in the Big Dance last March. The brash Henderson had previously attended Utah and Texas Tech and has served time in jail for previous drug transgressions.

Stann retires from MMA

Highly decorated former Marine Corps vet and recent middleweight contender Brian Stann has retired as an active fighter from MMA. Stann ends his career with a 12-6 record but just 1-3 in his last four. Stann has received critical acclaim as an MMA commentator on UFC tonight and recently got a gig doing ACC football so the writing was on the wall.

Free Play

(MLB) Atlanta (Hudson) -108 over Cincinnati (Latos) (Thursday, July 11, 7:10 PM EST)