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Latest rumor: If Cavaliers don’t find good trade partner they could hang on to Bynum

Dec 30, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

Andrew Bynum AP

Trades are about leverage — if you don’t have any you don’t get the best offers.

Everyone knows the Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to trade Andrew Bynum after his recent suspension. So what kind of offers do you think they are getting? Exactly. There are teams out there that have interest in Bynum but if they trade for him they are on the hook for more than $6 million in salary the rest of this season, where if the Cavaliers waive him Bynum becomes a free agent and teams can snap him up for a minimum deal (or close to it, certainly less than $6 million). So they are waiting.

Now we get this little bit of spin out of Cleveland, via the Akron Beacon-Journal.

The Cavs have until Jan. 7 to trade or release him or they will be responsible for the balance of his $12 million deal.

If they can’t find a deal by Jan. 7, a league source confirmed the team is considering holding onto him anyway. They would have until June 30 to trade or release him before his $12 million deal for next season becomes guaranteed.

Leverage. Sort of. If you think the Cavs would pay $6 million to have a trade chip for the draft next June. The Cavs have $61 million in salary this season on the books, well short of the tax line, so while they save money without Bynum they aren’t paying a bigger penalty to keep him.

Other than the disruption he is around the team. Which is why the Cavs likely cut or trade him by the 7th.

  1. bknowledge - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert for Bynum, Jarret Jack and a first round pick?

    • redbaronx - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      @bknowledge – In your dreams! The Knicks would never GIVE the Cavs Shumpert. Even if you took money out of the equation, only desperate GM’s would take a risk on Bynum, and even those GM’s would probably make minimum offers, not trade away major roster chips for somone who has barely played in the last three years and looks content to sit on his couch eating bags of chips!

    • mytthor - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      How about my 2 cats and an expired bag of popcorn for a Ferrari?

  2. redbaronx - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Bynum is reminding me these days of John “Hot Plate” Williams from the Washington Bullets in the early 90’s. I’m pretty sure Bynum will eat his way out of the NBA while playing his PlayStation until he discovers the money he’s made won’t last forever because he just blows through it.

    • mytthor - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Do you have any information whatsoever to suggest Bynum is blowing through his money? OTHER than the fact that he’s a young black athlete, I mean.

      • redbaronx - Jan 1, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        @mytthor – Uh, why are you assuming that young black athletes blow through money???

      • mytthor - Jan 19, 2014 at 3:05 AM

        I’m just assuming that’s why you are assuming he’s blowing through his money. Since there’s no actual information to be found suggesting he’s got any problems controlling his finances. Care to explain why you made that comment if you weren’t just poking at the stereotype?

  3. bougin89 - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Cavs have zero leverage. Unless they are willing to take on a bad contract in a salary dump trade they will not get anything of value for Bynum.

  4. ryanrockzzz - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Obviously, the only sane thing to do is trade him back to Philly. It’s karma.

    Bynum and Waiters to Philly for Thad Young and Lavoy Allen. Can you imagine the hate!

  5. daddyb1gdrawz - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Cleveland does not want to cut him so that the Heat can pick him up. That is what will happen. Miami will cut one of their veteran minimum guys and sign Bynum for the year. Miami has a strong locker room that can handle Bynum’s immaturity. I am sure Miami would trade Joel Anthony for Bynum with some trade compensation in there some where.

    • psubeerman21 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      Sure. Then Miami can pay him money and he won’t play. It’s what the dude does, he doesn’t play and collects a paycheck.

    • heat256 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      MIA doesn’t want/need him as they are already working on the Oden/Beasley reclamation projects. Why pick up a guy who will either whine about playing time (which is scarce in MIA) or who one can’t really say what his desire to play really is. I know he had some success earlier in his career, but the last two years have done his reputation no favors, and that is what most will remember.

    • bizmarks12 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Can you imagine a team with both Bynum and Oden? They might as well change their name to the Miami Kneets!

    • bizmarks12 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      Can you imagine a team with both Bynum and Oden? They might as well change their name to the Miami Kneets!….

  6. davidly - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    If they wanted value for him, why’d they drag his name further through the mud first? Bad strategy. I have to wonder if they’re shutting him down so that he’ll have a better chance of being healthy when a prospective workout with another team comes.

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 31, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Bad strategy? Absolutely.

      But they are the Cleveland Cavs.

      Joe Posnanski has written about Cleveland from a personal perspective often, mostly about the Browns, but it’s just so sad up there with ALL of their teams.

      He wrote a good article a day or two ago and said it’s been 50 YEARS since Cleveland has won ANY kind of championship.

      I guess it’s the strategy of Cleveland in general.

      I feel badly for the fans up there.

  7. sportsfan18 - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Yeah, NOTHING says we’ll just hold on to you like telling him to stay away from the team and that he’s excused from all team activities.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      He still has value, but they want him to stay away from the team so he doesn’t bang any more wives of assistant coaches.

  8. miamatt - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    I imagine this is just an attempt by the Cavs to create some small measure of leverage at a time they have none. I can’t blame them fro trying.

    But if this is true -if the Cavs are willing to throw another 6 million to somebody they don’t want around their team- it is case-in-point of why they are once again likely to miss the playoffs. Horribly mismanaged in every conceivable way.

  9. csbanter - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The Cavs are blowing smoke, all these years after Lebron they are still wallowing in their own sh#t. No team in its right mind will give them anything of value for Bynum. He’s damaged goods.

  10. zerole00 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    How many times do we have to watch teams crash and burn with Bynum before they wise up? He has always been a malcontent, but he at least had his ability with the Lakers. Now he’s just a malcontent.

  11. money2long - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    where is anti, isnt it about time he’s here calling bynum the second coming of wilt chamberlain…

  12. psubeerman21 - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Let me see if I understand this. They signed Bynum to a contract designed so they can get rid of him without paying him that much. They suspend Bynum for conduct “detrimental” to the team, aka he doesn’t want to play basketball anymore. His trade value is almost nothing anyway, since he isn’t playing well and still has awful knees. And they are going to keep him? Why? You gave him a contract with provisions to get out of this exact situation, and now you are going to willingly stay in this situation and pay him more money. Even though you gave him a contract to prevent it. Does that make any sense at all??

  13. whodatnhollywood - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Bynum should just retire and go play his X Box and other video games since it appears that’s what interests him the most.

    Kareem was right: Dude is unmotivated. Benoit Benjamin, II. If he was disruptive in the Lakers’ locker room, he will be the same with Miami or any other team. I feel sorry for the Sixers and what he did to them! They trusted Bynum and he BETRAYED them!

    Just say no to Bynum, NBA.

  14. danmarinos1stlovechild - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    If anyone can fix him its Miami. Gives thr Master Motivator Riley a shot at Bynum.

  15. 00maltliquor - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Stop all the Bynum hate!!

  16. favrewillplay4ever - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Time for the Lake show to drop a 2nd and get him? He was productive there, at least.

    Or Pau for him and a 1st.. Then the Lake Show gotta play Lebron or Mello opt out next year!

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