Andrew Bynum suspended by Cavs, likely to be dealt
According to a source to Yahoo Sports, Bynum "doesn't want to play basketball anymore."
Bynum is in the first year of a 2 year, $24.6 million deal with Cleveland. However, only $6 million of this year's salary is guaranteed if he is waived before January 7. This gives the Cavs an out if they can't trade him and the situation is truly as untenable as reported. Bynum is averaging exactly 20 minutes a game in 24 games for the Cavs, averaging 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. His PER is about average at 15.44. The Cavs, who aspired for the playoffs, got off to a terrible start and are 10-18. Thanks to the putrid Eastern Conference, that's still just a game and a half from the 8th seed. Getting anything decent from Bynum could be a big help as Cleveland tries to avoid egg on their face.
As for Bynum, if he doesn't want to play basketball anymore, he could retire and no one could legitimately blame him. However, he did sign a contract and if he's not going to quit, he should at least try hard. Of course, we only have one unconfirmed side of the story.
One other thing, the dysfunction and the losing in Cleveland this year should end any and all speculation that LeBron will come back. Just end it now and save a lot of hot air and column inches.