Fact: The Cleveland Cavaliers want to be done with Andrew Bynum. The unknown here is what to do with him. According to USA TODAY on January 1, the Cavs have less than a week to unload Bynum before the remainder of his $12.2 million contract comes due.
Just $6 million of Bynum's contract was guaranteed and has been paid. The additional $6.2 million is due if the team retains him after January 7. It's no secret that they are aggressively looking to trade the former elite player.
In the past week, Bynum was suspended indefinitely from the team for "conduct detrimental" but the suspension was lifted after just one game. In the meantime, he is still not travelling with, suiting up or playing with the team. He is getting paid though.
Bynum's commitment to the Cavaliers organization is in question and rumors have been swirling about his unwillingness to play. Now Andrew Bynum's presence has been called a distraction and the team wants to dump him. It is unclear at this point though if they will be able to find a team willing to take him. Bynum's reputation seems to be causing apprehension with those who might have otherwise been interested.
The best move for the Cavs would be to trade Bynum to another team. They'd be better of getting something for him in trade than just waiving him and taking the loss. The problem lies in who wants him. Early trade rumors had the Heat, Clippers and surprisingly even the Lakers possibly interested in him.
Now those prospects seem to be fizzling out though. The Cavs best bet is to find a team looking to clear cap space and try to get one of their players. That team can then waive Bynum. In any event, this scenario would leave Bynum without a team.
If worst comes to worst, the Cavs can take a loss and just waive Bynum. This will relieve them of paying the remainder of his contract. If that happens, more than likely he will clear waivers before other teams begin to consider him. No one else seems to be interested in paying that much for him.
One thing to point out in all of this is that Andrew Bynum himself has remained silent amid the drama. He hasn't said if he wants to play or not. This is unusual for a guy like Bynum who usually has plenty to say.