The Cleveland Cavaliers have suspended former Lakers center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team," according to General Manager Chris Grant.
Word began to leak Saturday morning that Bynum was suspended before Grant confirmed the news via Twitter, which included a link to a statement.
The entire statement from Cleveland said:
"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."
The 7-foot Bynum helped the Lakers win NBA championships in 2009 and 2010, although he spent much of his six-plus seasons in Los Angeles battling injuries. He was eventually traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team trade in 2012 that brought Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
Bynum, 26, missed all of last season with knee problems while in Philadelphia, eventually signing last off-season with Cleveland for two years and $12 million. He made 19 starts and played in 24 games this season with the Cavaliers, averaging 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.
Bynum is guaranteed only $6 million and is likely to be traded or released by Jan. 7 so Cleveland can clear salary cap space.
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