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Cavaliers suspend Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team

Dec 28, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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The Andrew Bynum experiment may be nearing its end in Cleveland, as the Cavaliers announced on Saturday that they have suspended the former All-Star big man indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

The official release in its entirety, from the team website:

“Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston last night for the team’s game this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. vs. the Celtics and has been excused from all team activities indefinitely. His status will be updated as appropriate.”

There are no other details at this time, but as is usually the case in these situations, we’ll find out exactly what went down soon enough.

It’s worth noting that if Bynum and the team don’t resolve their differences, it’s more than likely he’ll be unemployed sometime in the next seven days. That’s because Bynum’s contract, a two-year deal worth close to $25 million, is only guaranteed for $6 million through Jan.6. If he’s waived before then, the Cavaliers aren’t required to pay him the remainder of his deal.

Bynum has been hit and miss for the Cavaliers on the court this season, at times looking like the dominant center he used to be. But he’s also struggled, including recently going 0-for-11 from the field with zero points in 22 minutes in a loss to the Pistons. He has said several times this season that he was struggling to learn to play while being limited physically due to pain in his knees, and to come back from these kinds of injuries requires a real love of the game, which is something former teammates have questioned about Bynum in the past.

The Cavaliers will try to trade Bynum before cutting him outright, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN.com. One way or another, expect Bynum to be cut by the team that has his rights in the next week.

  1. konichiwabtches - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    And the lakers pick him back up for the minimum

    • mackcarrington - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      If D’Antoni couldn’t do anything with Dwight Howard, what in the world do you think he’s going to do with Bynum?
      And why do you think the Lakers were so anxious to get rid of Bynum?

      • mickeylolich1968 - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        You said it. The Lakers knew when to move on.
        I’m a Celtics fan so I just have to hate Kobe.
        Still, Kobe has desire and work ethic like Larry Bird.
        Could you see Larry wanting toplay with Bynum near the end of his playing days? I’m sure Kobe has had enough.

  2. cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Did he eat the last donut at the team meeting again?

  3. dirkanger23 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Told ya

    Signed,

    76ers fans

  4. legend30 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Cavs’ buyout his contract, then he signs with Miami. All of sudden he loves basketball again, he just didn’t want to play in Cleveland.

    Chalmers-Wade-James-Bosh-Bynum

    Or

    Wade-Allen-James-Bosh-Bynum

    #SpaghettiAndMeatballsAreDelicious

    • therealhtj - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Word is he never loved basketball, just the checks. If he couldn’t get motivated for a guaranteed 25 million, he won’t even pick up a phone call for vet’s minimum.

      • legend30 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Reports are already saying he wants to play with Miami or Clippers. He simply doesn’t want to play in Cleveland.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

        He was only guaranteed $6M in Cleveland. They weren’t stupid enough to guarantee the whole $25M.

      • therealhtj - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Couple more weeks and that 25mil would’ve become fully guaranteed. He couldn’t even hold it together until then. Either that or Cleveland saw through his act and didn’t want to be on the hook for another 19 knowing Bynum had no intention of putting any effort forward once the money was locked in.

        After watching his antics his entire career, if he signs with a contender for vet’s minimum it would totally go against character.

        The best part is knowing his loser agent now has 0 clients under contract.

      • jeffkx - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        @theralhtj Incorrect. Another couple weeks and the other $6m would have been guaranteed for this season. The other $12m wouldn’t be guaranteed until early July.

      • jeffkx - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        @therealhtj Incorrect. Another couple weeks and the other $6m would have been guaranteed for this season. The other $12m wouldn’t be guaranteed until early July.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Just like Eddie Curry.

  5. trueballs - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Wow. Just saw the Woj tweet “Bynum doesn’t want to play bball anymore…didn’t love it that much in the first place”.

    There’s gonna be a lot of negative reaction to this…”waste of talent, immature, what a baby, etc.”. And that’s fair.

    I feel bad for Bynum. I know he’s been a pain, irresponsible. But he didn’t choose to be 7ft tall. I bet since sixth grade his family and coaches have forced him to utilize his gifts, and with good reason, obviously. But at the end of the day you have to be happy. And when you’re in chronic pain and you don’t love bball why bother? It’s a common tale with 7 footers.

    And I hope that people start to respect Dwight a little more..he’s a total bonehead, but he shows up everyday, gives great effort, and is a great teammate. It’s much easier to fail than succeed as a pro athlete – especially for the most gifted.

    I love Bynum and I’m going to miss him. He put up 18-11 as the third option on the Lakers while mostly hurt. I was strongly in the “better-than-Dwight-when-healthy” club. A great talent. Be free now, Bynum. Enjoy your life, don’t spend all your money tomorrow, and think about coming back in a couple years.

    • somekat - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      LOL

      Ask the Magic team that Dwight quit on 2 years before he left is he “is a great teammate”

      Just because Howard isn’t as bad as Bynum, doesn’t mean Howard isn’t an awful person

      • pfic15 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Awful is a bit strong. How about immature hypocrite?
        —signed, the baby mamas

      • franbotel - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Another Keyboard warrior calling people names. Dwight was drafted at age 18 and played eight years for Orlando. He has every right to change jobs am sure you have or will at some time in your miserable life. does that make you awful . Dwight won defensive player of the year 3 times you dont win that by loafing around. I wish the world could follow your every move from the age of 17 and watch you wilt under the pressure. Finally the same stuff was said about LBJ how is he looking now. Some fans will always be jealous and haters. It not coincidence that when he leaves a team they head straight to he lottery.

      • somekat - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        If I would of spent 2 years at a job, giving a half effort but collecting a full check, and expecting other people to pick up the slack…yes, I am a awful person

        But you are right, I did overstate a bit. He’s not an awful person, I’m sure he’s a solid guy off the court. But on the court, he’s a play when he feels like, no heart, man-child who will never lead a team to a title. The only chance he has is to hope the Rockets add someone else, and he can be Chris Bosh to Harden and the new guy’s Wade and LeBron

    • mackcarrington - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      @trueballs:
      I can agree with most of your sentiments, but I think it’s quite a stretch to speculate that his “family and coaches forced” him to play basketball. Seeing what a knucklehead he is, I don’t think this cat has ever done something that he didn’t want to do. Thats why he’s going to be out of the league within a week.

    • borderline1988 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      trueballs:

      What a load of crap. No one ‘forced’ him to play in the NBA. Quite the contrary; by the time he was drafted, I doubt there was anyone around him with the balls to say ‘no’ to anything he asked for.
      And I’m sure he didn’t mind, making well over $70 million in his 9 year career. He’s still a young man, but is essentially set for life.

      The guy signed a contract for $12 million per year with Cleveland. He should have done that with the intention of giving it his best shot. Somehow, I doubt he really gave a s***. He probably was leaning towards ending his career anyways, but figured, why not collect $6 million for 3 months of half-a$$ing it around.

      Anyways, the real people in the know about his character are his coaches and teammates. And they haven’t exactly been giving him glowing reports.

      • trueballs - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

        You’re right..”forced” is not the best word. But when you’re a 7ft dominant high school player, coaches/family look at you with dollar signs.

        But the point I was trying to make was about the pain. We don’t know what he has to play through. He could have chronic pain for the rest of his life if he chooses to keep pushing.

        We’re fed this macho superhero garbage by ESPN. We want every player to have the same passion and work ethic as MJ, Kobe, LBJ, Bird, etc. It’s entertainment people. Wake up. Prep-to-pro players are almost always super immature and narcissistic and it’s why the league doesn’t allow it anymore.

        If you really love basketball you’d try to remember the good he brought to the game: A great low post center in the age of the forgotten big man. Or something like that. YOURE THE MAN BYNUM YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTENNNNNN….

      • borderline1988 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        I’m not arguing with you about the pain. And I agree with you regarding your point about macho superheros. The best example to prove your point is Tiki Barber – he made a personal decision to retire early so that he could enjoy life post-retirement without being hobbled by pain, and I totally respect what he did.

        Similarily, I would have absolutely no problem with Bynum just ending his career now, for lack of passion, chronic pain, disinterest, etc. But that’s not the route he will take. Most likely, he will try to sucker another team into giving him a few million dollars before he sales off into a life of full-time partying.

        Everyone keeps making comparisons to the real world, where people aren’t fully committed to employers or vested in their success.
        But in the real world, if you don’t put forth any effort, you get fired. Most employees don’t have multi-year guaranteed contracts or buyout clauses. Also, most contracts allow for dismissal if performance is substandard.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Lebron just laughs at those clowns.Cant wait for serving to be the next player to escape the Siberian tundra known as Cleveland.

  7. bkbell3 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Trueballs, wow,forced to play, forced to make millions and have people cheer for him and have women throw themselves at him (see pictures of topless playboy bunnies jumping on him at the playboy mansion). No sense of loyalty to employer and fans that pay him millions to play a kid’s game? Just wow!

  8. jammer73 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Bynum is done. He’s always been overrated even at his best. RETIRE already and quit tempting teams with poor management to continue setting themselves back because of your “Rondo Punk” attitude. Don’t let the door hit you.

  9. jamesk2465 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Cavs have been a mess ever since Mike brown came back

    • legend30 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      They have always been a mess, since Dan Gilbert bought the team.

    • johngalt1783 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Brown is not a good coach. Lebron made him look good.

      At least it is only Bynum’s knees and not his head like with a lot of NFL players.

      • mackcarrington - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        I beg to differ.
        He has knee and head problems too.

    • leahcima1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Wrong jamesk2465. The Cavs have been a mess ever since Dan Gilbert bought them.

  10. doubledown44 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    “They might get a second round pick for him, nothing more.”

    I don’t necessarily think that’s what the Cavs would be thinking. Because Bynum’s contract was structured so that he got the full $12 million this year if he was still on the roster Jan. 7, it all counted on this year’s salary cap (they were considered incentives that were likely to be reached). If he is cut, though, I believe he is worth only around $6 million on the salary cap. Under that circumstance, the Cavs could trade him for roughly $12 million in salary from another team that is looking to cut salary and that team could then release Bynum and save the $6 million.

  11. louhudson23 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    He is and basically always has been a check cashing bum,even in his so called glory days. He has made it clear for years that he could take it or leave it(the game,not the money…) and had no desire to be a great player…..Not necessarily his fault that teams continue to reward his jake-ing…..who’s next?

  12. genericcommenter - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Meh. I think most of us could pretty much Take it or Leave It when it comes to our jobs and would be willing to retire early if the bucks are right.

  13. jolink653 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Same as Eddy Curry: had the gifts and the size to be a great player, but just doesn’t have the desire or the heart to take advantage of what he has. If he doesn’t want to play, the Cavs should just cut him and let him fade into obscurity.

    Just don’t let him “find himself” if he makes it to Miami. Can’t take anymore of those idiots getting players to hop on the bandwagon for no money. The sooner they go away, the better for the game

    • pfic15 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Sadly, I would take Eddy in a heartbeat over this guy.

  14. genericcommenter - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    And to say he was never good is just lazy. He was objectively one of the best players in the NBA at age 24, and he was consistently one of the most efficient and productive players in shooting, rebounding, WS/48 min, etc, as a really young guy.

    Most comments that beat up these guys for having the freedom to choose what to do with their lives are probably from insecure, jealous types who hate that they were born to be short, non-athletic, and toil away in jobs they hate. Personally, I can relate to that a lot. I wish I had the athletic talent to waste, too.

    But really, a lot of you need Phil Jackson to give you some books and find some kind of peace in your lives.

    • franbotel - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Preach brother. Am sure if you ask them they will say we just freedom loving capitalists except when it comes to athletes. The love all those anti-capitalist acts like the salary cap and draft but if you want to control your career for once you called all kinds of names. The great news is the smart players have figured it out.

      • borderline1988 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        “The love all those anti-capitalist acts like the salary cap and draft but if you want to control your career for once you called all kinds of names.”

        Faking passion and commitment before signing a contract without any intention of actually giving it your best shot isn’t the definition of ‘controlling your career'; it’s practically thievery.
        No one would fault this guy if he would just say “I don’t like basketball; I want to retire to pursue other interests”.
        But if you recall, Bynum didn’t take that route. He could have retired last summer, but figured “Why not half-a$$ around for 4 months and collect $6 million and then quit?”

        Conning a team into giving you millions of dollars? Promising to perform in a certain way for guaranteed money, and then reneging on that promise once legally there are no takebacks? If there were ever a reason for non-guaranteed contracts, Bynum would be it!!

        I have zero sympathy for a guy who made almost $25 million over the past 2 seasons for screwing around. Good riddance!

    • silvertong1960 - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:58 AM

      if the guy knees r constantly in pain then it doesn’t matter how many millions they give him , the pain is going to be there . do anyone look at his age and just how many times he had surgery at a young age . what would any of you rather have , health , or millions ? a lot of us never been in that position so its easy to assume

  15. twpguy1964 - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    The Cavs deserved this. He proved, with the sixers, that he was a worthless piece of garbage thief! He stole money from them and made no attempt to give an effort while clowning around off the court. I wouldn’t trade for this P.O.S. if he were offered for free

    • shalove2 - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

      I have 2 bad knees which pain me every day but I’m property manager. I can sit on my ass a call people on the phone or radio or text. You cannot imagine the pain a 7ft tall 270 pound man with bad knees is feeling. How cavalier most of you clowns talk about someone elses desire. What have you done with yours?

  16. jasupreme - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Congratulations to the Cavaliers and their owner, Dan Gilbert. They saw the train wreck coming and wrote a contract that allowed them to jump off the tracks. Cut ‘Drew Bynum right now. Don’t waste time trying to trade him, because now that the word’s out that he was only in it for the money, no other team will touch him.

  17. jackvcr - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Cavs were idiots to sign this whining loser in the first place.

  18. ravenswhat - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The timing is interesting to say the least.

  19. csbanter - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Bynum would be perfect for Brooklyn Nets. Trade Reggie Evans, some sardines, and a junior’s cheesecake.

  20. harrisbd99 - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    @cantonbound13

    You win comment of the day.

  21. deavn - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    They should have picked Noel instead of Bennett. I knew Bynum wasn’t going to last the whole season.

  22. hiiiznberg - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Nets

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