Posted February 12, 2014

Report: Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum after inappropriate practice behavior

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Andrew Bynum had reportedly been shooting from "whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball" during his final scrimmage, according to the report. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Andrew Bynum reportedly shot from “whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball” during his final scrimmage (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum midway through his first season with the team after he acted immaturely in practice, according to new details that emerged Tuesday in a report from Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo! Sports.

In Wojnarowski’s larger examination of how “Cleveland lost its way, and lost a chance at LeBron’s return,” he offered some new details on Bynum’s exit in a January trade to the Bulls, who released him shortly after the deal was completed.

The move to trade Bynum came for a variety of reasons, including his struggles with knee issues and a pending deadline to guarantee the rest of his salary. But the team had suspended the 26-year-old former All-Star in December for conduct detrimental to the team.

 

His behavior, as detailed by Wojnarowski, reportedly included engaging in rather ill-advised antics in his final scrimmage with the team.

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According to Wojnarowski:

Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.

The two-time NBA champion and 2012 All-Star is currently with the Indiana Pacers as a backup to All-Star center Roy Hibbert but has yet to see minutes off the bench. He had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees last March while still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, a team for which he would never appear in a single game.

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24 comments
JeffStone1
JeffStone1

Not only is he not a credit to his race, Bynum isn't a credit to the human race, period.

How many people would give their right testicle to play basketball for millions, and this lousy

ape, can't even get on the court and help his team win a game.  I would seriously considering suing Bynum for breach of contract.

mikenice
mikenice

Yea! Right! This article is indeed bunk.....this is about personal stuff....like with the assistant coaches wife...   The Cavs practices even when LaBron was here were immature and unprofessional...all the time.   Make him the monster, because he is an easy target...shows no class or guts...not the stuff of champions... He was an asset, with a group of guys who is immature but maturing...the don't pass or play the right way.  He has rings give him the ball or lose his manhood in the middle...the other players could have learned dogma from him...but I give Mike the benefits of the decision to move him...if he did not indeed want to be here...great move to get something for him..hope e can keep him thou.

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

So glad the Sixers are done with this bufoon.

Thomas71
Thomas71

Your problems in C-Town really run deep;  Getting rid of the GM should be a good one for starters.  Getting rid of Mike Brown should be the next step.  Nice guy...just not a Head Coach.  You can't run marathon practices in the NBA.........players won't accept it.  

A good coach can get done what he wants to accomplish in a brief period.  You would have thought Mike Brown would have learned that from Coach Pop while he was in San Antonio.

CTown
CTown

Thanks for the Breaking News that was reported in Cleveland a month & a half ago.


fuggetaboutit909
fuggetaboutit909

by "practice behavior" I guess they mean with an assistant coach's wife.....

x72
x72

Guy is a circus freak side show.


Taller than a giraffe with a brain the size of a pistachio.

BillKeefe
BillKeefe

Now that its public, I would be real interested to hear his reasoning for withdrawing so much cash at once. This smells of a drug purchase gone wrong. Most ligit business ventures deal through paper or electronic transactions. Why so much cash? I think the feds should be looking at him...could just be a setup for insurance fraud if nothing else. Just saying. This stinks of personal involvement in something. Who only deals in that much cash besides criminals? What's the answer here? I may just be ignorant of what rich people do for fun, like jewelry spending sprees, but wtf?

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

Fat Andy is the best.  He never screws around in our bowling practices.  This article is bunk.

frankelee
frankelee

He's on Larry Legend's team now. If he messes around there, he's playing with fire.

mmitchel80
mmitchel80

That's a perfect way to get away from a losing team like Cleveland! I really don't blame Bynum I would get the hell out of that bad vibe also. Plus Kyrie Irving is a horrible point guard and have no idea how to run a offense!

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

His physique and face says it all....

Bankrupt before 40...

tariq476
tariq476

We need to give Kobe some credit for his leadership, seems all the guys that leave the Lakers loose their focus. that behavior wouldn't have happened with Kobe around 

BigBubba
BigBubba

Complete malcontent.  How any team pays him is a mystery to me.  He needs a shrink, not a coach.

Thomas71
Thomas71

@CTown I agree.  I was all ready to read some new revelation!  (is 'new' revelation redundant?...lol)

Thomas71
Thomas71

@mmitchel80 We will take Kyrie for our first round pick....right now!

Sincerely'

Laker fan

matthewmhunter
matthewmhunter

@mmitchel80  yeah because you wouldn't want to think maybe he should act w/ some integrity and character, be a professional and live up to the  terms of an agreement he made. This is is somehow the team's fault? Dumb

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

@tariq476  Unfortunately, this actually happens while they are on the Lakers.  They just never recover.  Can't blame a guy for checking out when 4 guys are trying to run the offense and one dude is jacking up shots.  Look at the empty husk of a man Pau turned into over the course of a few years.  Kobe stole his life force.