The latest NBA rumors of 2013 involve news that Andrew Bynum is suspended indefinitely by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rumors and reports have even surfaced that the former All-Star center never really liked the game. This has led many analysts and fans to believe that his days are done for the Cavs, and they'll soon be looking to make some sort of trade or deal to unload the unhappy superstar. The question is whether his days as a professional player in the NBA are done as well.
According to an ESPN.com report from Dec. 29, Bynum’s suspension was made on Saturday due to “conduct detrimental to the team.” The former All-Star will be part of aggressive trade attempts by the team. They’ll have until Jan. 7, 2014 to make a decision about his contract and whether or not they’ll guarantee it for the remainder of the season. Just last summer, Bynum inked a two-year deal with the Cavs for $24 million, but only $6 million of it was guaranteed to the star center.
The news has shocked fans and teammates, and probably coach Mike Brown. He told the media with regards to the Bynum suspension:
"I'm worried about the guys in the locker room. It's simple as that. In our business, there are a lot of ups and a lot of downs throughout the season.
So what you do as a head coach is keep moving forward. Any time you look back on anything or dwell on anything, is wasted energy from the guys in the locker room, which is obviously very important."
Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 NBA season due to knee injuries. He’s played 24 games in this current season but is averaging only 8.6 points a game and 5.3 rebounds. Coach Brown has admitted that Bynum is a “good player” and “everybody say glimpses of it” before. The center was named to the All-Star team back when he played on the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won two NBA championships along with Kobe Bryant and crew. The Cavs are currently 10-19 for the season, which is just a few games outside of the Boston Celtics for the eighth-best spot in the Eastern Conference.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Golden State Warriors in their latest regular season game. A planned promotion was to give Andrew Bynum Fathead wall decorations to all kids ages 14 and under, but that promotion has been nixed with a substitute plan in the works. The Warriors vs. Cavs game time is set for 6 p.m. EST in Cleveland.