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Report: Andrew Bynum ‘most likely’ has played his final game for Cavaliers

Dec 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Details are beginning to emerge about the events that led up to Andrew Bynum being suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers. And while there doesn’t seem to be any one incident or blow-up that led to the club’s decision, the fact seems to be that Bynum was increasingly unhappy in his surroundings.

The team will of course try to trade Bynum and his flexible contract to get some type of return on its investment, but the reality is that everyone around the league knows the particulars of the deal — one which incentivizes Cleveland to make a decision in the next week or so regarding Bynum’s status.

Only $6 million of Bynum’s two year deal worth almost $25 million is guaranteed, and the rest doesn’t become guaranteed unless he’s on the roster past Jan. 5. Because this date is rapidly approaching, and because Bynum is believed to be incorrigible where the Cavaliers are concerned, the latest report says that Bynum’s playing days in Cleveland are a thing of the past.

From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:

• Bynum most likely has played his final game for the Cavs, though it is possible he will be on the roster for months and get paid. The Cavs can’t suspend him without pay for the rest of the season for conduct detrimental to the team.

•  Bynum has been sulking recently because his playing time and touches have dwindled even as he’s at times showed he can still be a significant contributor. During the Cavs’ double-overtime loss Thursday to the Atlanta Hawks, Bynum was benched in the third quarter and never returned. He spent the rest of the night at the end of the bench and appeared to be sulking.

•  On Friday, Bynum met with coach Mike Brown, sources said. It isn’t clear what happened in that meeting, but it’s possible he was told the Cavs might go a different direction with the big man’s minutes. Afterward, the Cavs decided to suspend Bynum and not take him on their team flight to Boston on Friday afternoon. By Saturday, the team had him on the trade block.

The part about him potentially being on the roster for months and getting paid doesn’t seem right at all, since the Cavaliers can simply waive Bynum sometime during the next week and cut their losses.

It would take a sincere reconciliation before then and then another incident to cause that to happen, a scenario which seems far from likely at this stage of the proceedings.

The only question where Bynum is concerned now becomes whether another team will take a chance on him. He’s shown the ability to still be able to play, but whether the desire is there to deal with any type of adversity at this point in his career remains to be seen, and the true contenders of the league — Miami, Indiana, and San Antonio — are unlikely to bother with such a risk.

The second-tier teams, however, may take a much longer look at the pros and cons of giving Bynum one final shot.

  1. Fantasy Football Consultant - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Back to LA. Lol

  2. dabceb - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    It seems like many here have overlooked this remark about Bynum’s situation…

    ” Bynum has been sulking recently because his playing time and touches have dwindled even as he’s at times showed he can still be a significant contributor…..”

    So he appears to be a “significant” contributor on a team where the point guard has a shoot first mentality, his shooting guard is mad about not getting shots or passes from point guard, etc…..

    Sounds like Bynum’s just on the wrong team…. I can only say let the record show that Mike Brown’s teams always have a gunslinger monopolizing the ball (i.e., LBJ, Kobe and now Irving). Bynum should have known better or Brown\GM shouldn’t have made promises he wouldn’t keep.

  3. tonyricemajorharris - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    No heart. A bad attitude. Unhealthy. I look forward to reading about you in 10 years when you’re broke, and bagging groceries

  4. 1509lucky - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Look at Oden working his tail off to get back in the league and then look at Bynum. Pathetic.

  5. notoriousbri - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Bynum is a TURD. Plain and simple no other way to say it.. except to maybe call him a thief

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