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NBA Trade Rumors - Andrew Bynum Suspended; Is 'Attitude' Just A Ploy To Get Out Of Cleveland? Real Target Is Heat Or Clippers!

By Staff Writer | December 28, 2013 01:27 PM EST

Andrew Bynum has been suspended by his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers for "conduct detrimental" to the team. Is there more to this story?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may have to redefine what "conduct detrimental" to the team means. After publicized locker room skirmishes, accusations of collusion and trade requests, Cleveland is practically a circus.

This is where you would typically find an Andrew Bynum. But even the Cavs would have enough.

According to ESPN reports, the decision was made last Friday. Bynum will not join the team for the road trip to Boston.

Coach Mike Brown spoke to ESPN prior to the Boston Celtics game: "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."

The Cavs have structured Bynum's contract to protect the team from losses in case he gets injured (physically or otherwise) again. He has 2 years, $24 million for an even 12 million annually. The Cavs only guaranteed $6 million, and they have until January 7, 2014 to guarantee the remaining half of his annual salary.

Teams would trade for him before January 7 and then waive him before that date, which will save the team $6 million. For tanking teams which are incurring revenue losses this year, that amount is significant, and unloading player/s worth $12 million for nothing would help in their effort to lose.

However, there's another angle that has surfaced. Grantland's Bill Simmons had a series of tweets which insinuate that Andrew Bynum had this all planned out. He wants to play limited minutes for a contender that would need him, and the January 7 deadline was a way for him to force a trade. Apparently, his preferences are the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers.


This is another outlandish claim by the Sports Guy, but he has been right a few times. This year, though, his predictions are off.

Another trade saga involving a center. The deadline is shorter, and we are quite tired of Omer Asik.

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