Posted December 28, 2013

Andrew Bynum suspended by Cavs, reportedly on trading block

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Andrew Bynum will only be guaranteed $6 million of his salary this season. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Cavaliers. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Cavaliers suspended center Andrew Bynum for conduct detrimental to the team, the team announced Saturday.

Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston last night for Saturday’s game against the Celtics. He has been excused from all team activities indefinitely.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports the Cavs believe their partnership with the former All-Star center has rapidly deteriorated.

Bynum has almost assuredly played his final game for the Cavaliers, a source with direct knowledge of the franchise’s plans told Yahoo Sports after the team announced Saturday it has suspended Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

“He doesn’t want to play basketball anymore,” a league source told Yahoo Sports.

The Cavaliers believe Bynum has been a “disruptive” presence within the team and have lost hope the partnership can be salvaged, sources said. Bynum often expressed a lack of desire to play and practice and was convinced by the Cavaliers not to quit previously, sources said.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports the Cavs will attempt to trade Bynum soon because his two-year, $24 million contract is guaranteed for just $6 million through Jan. 5, 2014. He also could try to negotiate a buyout with the Cavs and try to sign a contract for the veteran’s minimum with a contending team if he clears waivers.

After being sidelined by knee injuries last season with the 76ers, Bynum is averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games for the Cavs.


19 comments
bambam824
bambam824

After winning two Championships with the Lakers and then leaving, he went to hell in a handbasket. Only the Black Mamba could resurrect Andrew's Championship caliber.

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

Maybe they can trade him to the sixers....oh wait..

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

That average I.Q of an oil slick in south beach better be pounding the phone to get Andrew to south beach, even if it cost a first round pick this year..its about winning now and for the next 4 to 6 years and a late first round pick wont do you miami any good and based on past expirence it wont help the Cavs either

Marty2
Marty2

I'm by no means an expert on pro basketball.  But if I could see this coming - and have no doubt that it would happen, how can an organization not see it?  They have all the means in the world to check the background of players and they STILL wasted their time on him.  M O R O N I C.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

only dan gilbert didn't see this coming.  and, what ever happened to his promise of the cavs winning a title before lebron?   smh... sigh

RedHandNYCity
RedHandNYCity

The only thing smarter than learning from your mistakes is to learn from other people's mistakes. Guess the Cavs didn't see how his time in Philadelphia went.

bbktjohnson
bbktjohnson

Hell if I was the heat I'd just wait for greg Oden to get healthy. At least he is trying to get back on the floor.

Don8
Don8

just what the Lakers need back.  just kidding

Mark20
Mark20

Man, has this buy been a waste of salary for everyone who's had him, or what!?

bobdevo
bobdevo

This has got to be Bynum's last chance. The Cavs took a risk on him, and provided him with a situation where he was allowed to slowly play himself into basketball shape.  He actually had a few good games for the Cavs, showing flashes of his ability to dominate the paint.  It's too bad, for both the Cavs and for Bynum.  PUt a fork in him - he's done . . . .

eric56
eric56

When are the Heat gonna sign him?  Maybe the Cavs get some offers just to prevent that from happening.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

"He doesn't want to play basketball anymore ..." but he still wants to be paid big bucks just because he is 7 feet tall.

ESPNBoardGOAT
ESPNBoardGOAT

The only difference between him and Jamarcus Russell is that Bynum could actually play for a while. Thief's!

CarlLegg
CarlLegg

@Don8 ha... with the Lakers lineup, a has-been, demotivated player would be a positive addition.

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

@ESPNBoardGOAT Russell's contributions in the field of drinking cough syrup will ensure his place in history.