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The Downfall with Andrew Bynum and Cleveland

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.

Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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Jazz, Cavaliers Involved in Jefferson-Bynum Swap

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It is no secret – the Cleveland Cavaliers want Andrew Bynum off of their roster. The 26-year-old big man has been suspended from the team indefinitely and has recently been involved in a potential deal sending him to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol. Those talks, however, have stalled and now ESPN’s Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst are reporting that the Cavs are in discussions with the Jazz to send Bynum to Utah for forward Richard Jefferson.

If the 11-25 Jazz were to acquire Bynum by January 7, they would be able to waive the second half of his $12.3 million salary which owes him $6 million, while also ridding themselves of Jefferson’s $11 million contract.

The Cavaliers are looking to improve at the small forward position. Jefferson, who is averaging 10 points and 3 rebounds in over 27 minutes per game would be a solid addition in Cleveland and can emerge as a veteran leader for the young playoff hopefuls.

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Although Utah is interested in Bynum, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported that the team does not want to part ways with Jefferson. If the former All-Star is still high on their list, however, a deal can certainly still get done with other pieces.

Jefferson has previously stated he wishes to play for a title contender and described himself as a “gun for hire.”

Cleveland can also opt to keep Bynum on their roster and wait until the offseason to ship him off. All of his 2014-2015 salary is non-guranteed, making the two-time NBA champion a valuable trade piece.

In 24 games this season, Bynum is averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field and blocking 1.1 shots per contest.

 

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