Report: Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum after inappropriate practice behavior
The Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum midway through his first season with the team after he acted immaturely in practice, according to new details that emerged Tuesday in a report from Adrian Wojanrowski of Yahoo! Sports.
In Wojnarowski's larger examination of how "Cleveland lost its way, and lost a chance at LeBron's return," he offered some new details on Bynum's exit in a January trade to the Bulls, who released him shortly after the deal was completed.
The move to trade Bynum came for a variety of reasons, including his struggles with knee issues and a pending deadline to guarantee the rest of his salary. But the team had suspended the 26-year-old former All-Star in December for conduct detrimental to the team.
His behavior, as detailed by Wojnarowski, reportedly included engaging in rather ill-advised antics in his final scrimmage with the team.
According to Wojnarowski:
Only Bynum never made it to the early January guarantee date for his full $12.5 million salary in 2013-14, and self-destructed. He stopped trying on the floor, and became a disruptive presence in practices. Before Bynum was thrown out of his final practice and suspended, he was shooting the ball every time he touched it in a practice scrimmage, sources said – from whatever remote part of the court he had caught the ball.
The two-time NBA champion and 2012 All-Star is currently with the Indiana Pacers as a backup to All-Star center Roy Hibbert but has yet to see minutes off the bench. He had season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees last March while still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, a team for which he would never appear in a single game. JENKINS: How Roy Hibbert emerged to anchor the NBA's best defense