Center Andrew Bynum has been suspended from the Cleveland Cavaliers for “conduct detrimental to the team”, the team announced Saturday morning.
In the official release, the Cavs said that Bynum did not travel with the team for its game against Boston today and he has been excused from all team activities indefinitely. The organization will update the media of his status as appropriate.
It’s a surprising and shocking announcement for the 26-year-old. He missed a few games earlier in the season while dealing with a family medical matter. There have been no reports over what the “detrimental conduct” might have been.
We’ll keep this article updated with any further information as it makes its way out into the public.
Update at 11:12 a.m. — Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski delivered a bomb with his latest tweet.
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
That talk of not enjoying the game of basketball resembles the retirement consideration discussion from earlier in the season. We’ll see if there are any other such updates soon.
Update at 11:24 a.m. — HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler tweets that he’d be surprised if Bynum is not cut by Jan. 7, the day in which his remaining $6 becomes fully guaranteed for this season.
The Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd already wrote a quick post about the suspension. In his article, he writes: “It is realistic at this point to believe Bynum has played his last game for the Cavaliers.” He also said that those in the organization have started to question Bynum’s desire to play anymore.
Update at 11:50 a.m. — Jason Lloyd (tweet) and the Plain Dealer’s Cavs beat writers (tweet) have some updates from head coach Mike Brown over in Boston. Brown said he’s worried about the players in the locker room and called the suspension an internal matter. He did not qualify what Bynum might have to do to be reinstated. Anderson Varejao will be the new starting center.
Wojnarowski also tweets that Bynum’s presence was reportedly “disruptive” to the Cavs and the team felt the partnership could no longer be sustained.