Earlier today, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced in a release that Andrew Bynum has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
“Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today. Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston last night for the team’s game this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. vs. the Celtics and has been excused from all team activities indefinitely. His status will be updated as appropriate.”
At the moment, there are no further details regarding Bynum's suspension. However, insiders like Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports made the following claim:
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
Teams who considered signing Bynum in summer were as concerned about his desire to play as his knees. Officials didn't see motivated rehab.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 28, 2013
In November Bynum told @WindhorstESPN -- "Retirement was a thought, it was a serious thought. It still is."— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) December 28, 2013
And this isn't the first time we've heard about Bynum's knee problems playing a huge role in his lack of desire to play the game of basketball. In fact, Bynum has already considered retiring because he's reportedly frustrated that he is no longer the same player. This latest turn of events could spell the end for the Bynum experiment in Cleveland.
It's very possible Bynum's played his final game for Cavs, sources tell Yahoo. In trade, a team can waive Bynum and save $6m of $12m salary.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 28, 2013
[via Pro Basketball Talk]