Andrew Bynum Suspended By Cavaliers
The Andrew Bynum experiment appears to be over for the Cavaliers.
The team suspended the enigmatic center indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team” and banned him from all team-related activities. Bynum, who signed a two-year, $24 million contract with the Cavs in July, did not travel with the team to for a game in Boston and it’s likely that he has played his final game for Cleveland.
The Cavs will try to trade Bynum.
Bynum’s suspension isn’t a major shock considering he has not performed at a consistent level and has appeared disinterested while on the floor. Earlier this season, the 7-footer, who did not play a single second last season for Philadelphia because of knee injuries, talked openly about retirement and said his medical issues have been a challenge to overcome.
A league source told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports that the seven-footer “doesn’t want to play basketball anymore” and “he never liked it that much in first place.”
There were times this season Bynum showed flashes of being a dominant post player again. But recently he has lacked energy or enthusiasm and he missed all 11 field-goal attempts and didn’t score in 22 minutes against Detroit.
The Cavs only guaranteed Bynum $6 million on his deal. There could be interest in Bynum by a team willing to accept that he’s not the same player who routinely recorded double-digit points and rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 26-year-old Bynum spent seven seasons with the Lakers, who selected him with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft.
Bynum is averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 24 games — 19 starts this season.