For weeks we have wondered what went wrong with Andrew Bynum and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and today we finally got the answer.
Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski published an article late Tuesday night about how Cleveland had lost its chances at getting LeBron James to return after some bad decisions and a terrible start to the 2013-2014 season. In the article, he mentioned what exactly led to Bynum’s suspension and trade to the Bulls, who eventually waived him.
“Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball,” via Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports.
Who knows what actually happened during these practices, but this just adds to the list of troubles for the former All-Star. The Cavaliers signed Bynum to a two-year contract this offseason worth a total of $25 million, but the first $12.5 million was not guaranteed until January. Bynum didn’t make it in Cleveland until then. Since being waved, the Indiana Pacers signed Bynum on February 1st for the rest of the season. Bynum still hasn’t played a game for the Pacers yet, and hasn’t played since December 26th.