HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Saturday morning that they have suspended center Andrew Bynum “indefinitely” for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston, where the Cavs and Celtics will play at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Bynum has played in 24 of the Cavs’ 28 games this season and has started the last 18. He’s had his highs and lows, but has looked rather stiff at times and has shot 42 percent. The Cavs have been worse both offensively and defensively with him on the floor than they’ve been with him on the bench.
Bynum missed all of last season with knee issues and his desire has been questioned since he was in high school. According to Yahoo!‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, it may be that lack of desire that’s at the center of the suspension…
About Bynum suspension, league source tells Yahoo: "He doesn't want to play basketball anymore. He never liked it that much in first place."—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 28, 2013
Random thought: This situation may be another reason to appreciate Phil Jackson, who was somehow able to get productive play out of Bynum. Of course, Bynum averaged a career-high 18.7 points and a career-high 11.8 rebounds over 60 games in his final season in L.A. … under current Cavs coach Mike Brown.
Two years later, Bynum isn’t the same player and his career in Cleveland could be over. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that the Cavs are trying to trade him…
Cavs have suspended C Andrew Bynum indefinitely and he's now on the trade block, sources tell ESPN. Story coming soon.—
Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) December 28, 2013