Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum will still be paid

Dec 23, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum reacts in the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

During the offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers agreed to a deal with former Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers’ center Andrew Bynum. Bynum never played a game for the 76ers because of his knee problems and the Cavaliers were hopeful they could steal a very talented running mate for former #1 overall pick Kyrie Irving.

Although Bynum seemed to making progress returning from his injury (Bynum has appeared in  24 games and is averaging 20.0 minutes per game. He’s scoring 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 assists per game), things have not worked out. Bynum has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, but was only fined one game check and will still be paid, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The Cavs have put Bynum on the trade block and have until Jan. 7 to decide whether to guarantee the second half of his $12.25 million salary this season.

Because of his team-friendly contract that is only half guaranteed this season and fully nonguaranteed next season, Bynum remains somewhat valuable as a trade chip.

Several teams could be interested in Bynum. He’s still a very talented player with great size, something that is nearly impossible to find in the NBA these days.

Topics: Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers

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