The Cleveland Cavaliers have suspended Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, general manager Chris Grant announced Saturday.
Bynum has not bought in to what the Cavaliers are trying to accomplish, and with a young a team, he had turned into a negative influence, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the sensitive nature of the situation.
Cleveland signed Bynum to a two-year, $24.5 million contract this summer despite the former All-Star center missing the entire 2012-13 season with knee injuries. If they waive him by Jan. 7, only $6 million of his deal is guaranteed.
In early November, Bynum said he had lost his joy for basketball, and the person told USA TODAY Sports he is still struggling with that.
The situation had been building over the past month, and it reached a tipping point at practice Friday. There was no outburst or physical alternation – just a continued insistence from Bynum to do what he wants with little regard to team goals. The person said if Bynum wasn't committed 100% there is no reason for him to be with the team right now.
Bynum has started 19 of the 24 games he's played for Cleveland, averaging 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20 minutes per game.
Contributing: Sean Highkin