Center Andrew Bynum’s days with the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be all but over.
According to ESPN.com, the team suspended the one-time NBA All-Star indefinitely on Saturday (Dec. 28) for “conduct detrimental to the team,” and have placed him on the trading block.
The Cavs have until Jan. 7 to decide whether or not to guarantee his contract for the rest of the season. Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Cavs last summer, but just $6 million is guaranteed money. So essentially, Bynum could be traded to a team and waived by a team looking to save money.
As far as the suspension, it’s unclear what caused it. Details have not been disclosed, but Cavs coach Mike Brown expressed concern for his players. “I’m worried about the guys in the locker room,” Brown said prior to Saturday afternoon’s game. “It’s simple as that. In our business, there are a lot of ups and a lot of downs throughout the season.
“So what you do as a head coach is keep moving forward. Any time you look back on anything or dwell on anything, is wasted energy from the guys in the locker room, which is obviously very important.”
The 26-year-old missed all of last season with knee injuries, but returned to play in 24 games (19 starts) this season, averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting just 42 percent from the floor.
Coach Brown said he believe Bynum can still make an impact on the floor, though the center has admitted that he’s playing with pain… and has considered retirement. Stay tuned…