At this point, the Cleveland Cavaliers are basically paying Andrew Bynum to stay away from the team.
I’m not sure if it’s that bad; I’m not sure if anyone knows how bad it is exactly, except for the people in that locker room.
Originally, Bynum was suspended for the Cavs’ game against the Boston Celtics on Saturday without pay – it cost him about $111,000. But according to reports, he will remain exiled from all team activities until further notice.
Bynum was suspended following an incident at the team’s practice Friday but the decision was the culmination of events over the last several weeks, sources told ESPN.com.
Bynum has wavered on his interest in continuing his career after missing all of last season with knee injuries.
The Cavs have put Bynum on the trade block and have until Jan. 7 to decide whether to guarantee the second half of his $12.25 million salary this season.
If the Cavaliers honestly wanted to trade Bynum, they could probably do it fairly easy. His contract is a very “team-friendly” deal that is only half guaranteed this season and fully nonguaranteed for next year.
Bynum has reportedly told people behind-the-scenes that he’d want to be traded to a contender – preferably the Los Angeles Clippers or the Miami Heat. Might as well cross the Heat off the list, since there’s literally no way in hell that Dan Gilbert would ever do anything to help LeBron James or the Heat. Still, if there were any way that Bynum would be a free agent, you’d think that’d be his preferred landing spot. However, that looks like a very unlikely scenario at this point. Gilbert would rather pay Bynum to stay home rather than to hand the Heat and LeBron another NBA Championship.
In 19 starts (24 appearances) for the Cavs, Bynum averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game. It appears that Bynum has played his last game in a Cavs uniform – rather he gets moved or not.