Andrew Bynum's short stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers is drawing to a close, and while the exact reason for his indefinite suspension remains unknown, the big man’s agent, David Lee, insists that the city of Cleveland is “not the problem.”
Bynum’s agent said the following, according to an article by Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:
Cleveland is not the problem. Cleveland is not a negative connotation. Andrew has shied away from publicity his entire life. He’s not a guy who needs the limelight. He lives in a simple neighborhood there. He walks his dog and rides his bike to the store. He goes to the movies by himself. Cleveland wasn’t a problem for him.
Bynum was suspended indefinitely from the Cavs due to conduct detrimental to the team, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN. The Cavaliers have until Jan. 7 to trade or waive him before his contract becomes guaranteed for the remainder of the season.
Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving said of the suspension, “It’s a terrible situation internally with our team. It’s something we have to get over,” per Windhorst.
There were rumors that a potential deal was in the works with the Los Angeles Lakers which would have sent veteran big man Pau Gasol to Cleveland, but those trade talks have reportedly stalled, according to Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.
The best-case scenario for the Cavaliers right now is trading Bynum for value in return, but they’re not in the best position to negotiate.