Going into this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ signing of Andrew Bynum was looked at as a low risk, high reward move that could help push them into the playoffs.
Yet, just two months into the season, the relationship between Bynum and the Cavs appears to be over, as the big man has been suspended indefinitely and may have played his last game with the club.
Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported the following earlier this afternoon:
Bynum has almost assuredly played his final game for the Cavaliers, a source with direct knowledge of the franchise’s plans told Yahoo Sports after the team announced Saturday it has suspended Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.
Also from Wojnarowski’s report comes this:
The Cavaliers believe Bynum has been a “disruptive” presence within the team and have lost hope the partnership can be salvaged, sources said. Bynum often expressed a lack of desire to play and practice and was convinced by the Cavaliers not to quit previously, sources said.
With the Cavaliers able to save $6 million by waiving Bynum before January 7th, it makes sense – both monetarily and chemistry wise – for Cleveland to terminate the relationship before then.
There still wasn’t much risked by the Cavs, but the gamble went about as poorly as it possibly could have.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with Bynum moving forward, as there is definitely a chance he never plays basketball again.