Cavs Suspend Andrew Bynum, Trade Possible

1:45pm: The Cavs had planned to cut Bynum’s playing time, and he expressed displeasure about that, according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer. The center has also been upset with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, believing they hogged the ball and didn’t look for him down low, Pluto writes. The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer and Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe pass along Irving’s input on Bynum. (Twitter link).

“It’s just a terrible situation internally with our team,” Irving said. “It’s just something we have to get over. Coach’s decision, came from management. That’s kind of where it stays is with management.”

1:25pm: The Cavaliers are “determined” to trade Andrew Bynum, as Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports write, adding that he’s almost certainly played his final game as a Cavalier. Wojnarowski and Spears hear that Bynum has lost his motivation to play and that the Cavs had to talk him out of quitting. The Yahoo! report also raises the notion that Bynum may seek a buyout so he can sign elsewhere. That possibility seems unlikely, since the Cavs appear ready to waive him on or before January 7th to avoid guaranteeing his full $12.25MM salary, even if they don’t find a trade partner.

Tension between the Cavs and Bynum has been building for the last month, and his lack of commitment to the team reached a tipping point in Friday’s practice, tweets Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

11:47am: After he didn’t travel with the Cavs for their game in Boston on Friday afternoon, the club announced that Andrew Bynum has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.  This certainly isn’t how Cleveland hoped their Bynum deal would work out.  Luckily for the Cavs, his deal is only partially guaranteed, and they can cut ties with him by January 7th to recoup $6MM of what he’s owed for this season.

The Cavs believe that the New jersey native has been a “disruptive” presence in the locker room and have lost hope that their partnership can be salvaged, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter).  Teams that looked at Bynum over the offseason were equally as concerned with his motivation as his knee troubles, Wojnarowski tweets.

The Cavs will “aggressively” look to ship Bynum out of town, writes Brian Windhorst of  In what was perhaps a telling moment, coach Mike Brown would not respond when asked if Bynum had played his last game with Cleveland.

League sources tell Sam Amico of FOX Sports (on Twitter) that a deal will be challenging, but possible for the Cavs.  The Clippers are one club that would have interest in Bynum, tweets Sam Amick of USA Today, if he’s released outright and there should be several more in that line.  Bill Simmons of (on Twitter) hears that he would consider the Celtics, but the Heat and Clippers would be his preferred destinations.  For Bynum to land with the latter two, he’d have to be released, and the Cavs want to trade him.  The Celtics have the right combo of expiring deals and assets to get a deal done.

Even though the Nets are in need of a big man in the wake of Brook Lopez‘s injury, they are not interested in Bynum, tweets David Aldridge of  With an already unstable locker room in Brooklyn, that might be for the best.

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7 thoughts on “Cavs Suspend Andrew Bynum, Trade Possible

  1. Z....

    to be honest, I agree with Bynum. Based on the stuff he said earlier in the year, he is more injured than I think any of us thought (with him speaking of retirement), but he still should be getting more touches when on the court. Kyrie Irving dominates the ball and is taking way too many shots, and he is only shooting 40%. The whole reason people like me thought that Bynum would be great for them, is b/c of the inside-outside capabilities of this team. However, we arent seeing that from them, and we’ve seen Irving and Jarret Jack not playing to what at least I thought they would do. They should have been running a lot more offense through Bynum in the post.

    • omar jimenez

      I totally agree. Brown had him LA and should be more accustomed to using bynum in the offsense especially since the guards are shooting low percentages. On the other hand bynum is being paid well and should let his play do the talking. This guy was coached by phil jackson and won a championship. You’d think he would be more mature by now. Cavs will bedforced to waive him and theyll be only a handful of teams who would take a risk.I wouldn’t

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