The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Saturday morning that center Andrew Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. The suspension is indefinite and his status will be updated on an as needed basis. He has been excused of all team activities and is not with the team in Boston for their game against the Boston Celtics.
Bynum was the prize offseason acquisition for the Cavaliers last summer. Knee problems and other injuries have followed Bynum throughout his career – including missing all of last season while with the Philadelphia 76ers – and Cleveland was able to sign him at a discounted price.
The center, who was benched in the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks, has been disappointing this season averaging close to career lows in points, rebounds, and blocks per game. Worst of all, it has seemed Bynum was disinterested at times on the court, rarely giving the kind of effort he has in the past.
Varejao would seem the obvious choice, as he has been his usual productive self – averaging 7.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes per game – but he has also been a good play with the second unit.
It could be the opportunity Zeller has been waiting for if he is given the starting spot or just more minutes, as he has been productive in limited time this year.
If the Cavaliers decide to part ways with Bynum, they could cut him before January 7 and save $6 million. There is also the possibility of trading him, though the chance of finding someone who would be interested in acquiring the center who seems to attract more issues than he is worth is small.
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