Andrew Bynum Suspended; Cleveland Cavaliers Would Be Wise to Part Ways with Him

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Andrew Bynum
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Andrew Bynum can officially add another twist to two forgettable years where he hasn’t been able to step on the court on a consistent basis.

Following a sat-out year with the Philadelphia 76ers the former All-Star center was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers hoping to get his career back on track, but the experiment officially ended before the end of the year. The big man has been suspended indefinitely due to conduct detrimental to the team, and he could end up leaving the team sooner rather than later.

The Cavs have reportedly decided to cut ties with Bynum as quick as possible, and they are even open to a trade, marking what would be an awful end to the big man’s tenure in Cleveland. It’s not like Bynum was adding too much to the team on the court anyway as he had very poor numbers – 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes per game – for a player of his caliber.

While the reason of the suspension is still unclear, the Cavaliers would be wise to move on from Bynum. Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson are the established front court starters, and if Bynum isn’t helping as he should off the court then the organization needs to cut ties with him as soon as possible. The team already had a lot of issues at the beginning of the year with the rumored confrontation between Thompson and Dion Waiters, and the last thing the Cavaliers need is another off-the-court issue.

While not many teams could be eager to make a move for Bynum – considering his history in recent years, his bad knees and the lackluster play on the hardwood – Cleveland needs to move on from him. The experiment has officially failed, and the sooner the Cavs can get back on track, the better for the franchise.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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