Details surrounding Andrew Bynum’s indefinite suspension from the Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to emerge. The last straw occurred at Friday’s practice when it was reported that Bynum was taking wild shots and looking disinterested. The Cavs had been thinking about a suspension for a while, according to Sam Amico.
Bynum has played his last game for Cleveland, and the Cavs are looking to make a deal, according to Yahoo! Sports. The Cavs have until Jan. 7 — the deadline for teams to release a player and have him clear waivers — to move Bynum or his contract becomes guaranteed for $6 million. If the Cavs can’t find a trade partner by Jan. 7, they will release him and save $6 million.
The Heat and Clippers reportedly have some interest in the 7-foot center. Miami’s interest in Bynum is noteworthy considering Pat Riley already took a flier on Greg Oden, another 7-foot center with terrible knees. The real question: with all we know about Bynum at this point, why are teams STILL interested in him? Every executive should read Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, who makes the case for Bynum to walk away from the sport he probably never loved.
The Lakers and Sixers know all too well about the Andrew Bynum experience. Both teams face off tonight at the Staples Center. Here are three things to keep an eye on:
Health Concerns: Both teams are battling the injury bug right now. Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection), and Chris Kaman (sprained ankle), are game-tome decisions. Steve Blake (torn ulnar collateral ligament) will be out. Although Evan Turner missed the Suns game in Phoenix, he is likely to play tonight.
Swaggy P: With Kobe and Pau out, Nick Young has taken his offense to a swaggier level. In his last seven games, Young is averaging 20.9 points and shooting nearly 50 percent from long distance.
13 and counting: The Sixers have lost 13 straight on the road. Tonight may be their best chance to break the streak.