But Cleveland can't go more than 24 hours without a whiff of controversy. Former Cav Andrew Bynum resurfaced with some rather harsh words about the climate of Cleveland's locker room. Per the Indianapolis Star's Candace Buckner:
Bynum: "It wasn’t that it didn’t work, it’s just the atmosphere over there wasn’t the one that kind of promoted positive energy...— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 7, 2014
Bynum recently signed with the Indiana Pacers after a short but controversial stint in Cleveland. He played 24 games for Cleveland—19 of them as the starting center—while averaging 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a disappointing 41.9 shooting percentage. He showed flashes of promise, but he never really recaptured the form that made him an All-Star with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In late December, Bynum was suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, per USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick:
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.
Cleveland general manager Chris Grant used Bynum's expiring contract as a trading chip to acquire Luol Deng from the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 6. Landing the ultra-professional Deng for locker room poison like Bynum was supposed to be a coup for Grant and the Cavs, but the team's struggles continued. Cleveland has only won five of their last 15 games since the Deng trade.
To make matters worse, Deng allegedly voiced his displeasure with the unprofessional culture in Cleveland to friends, according to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News.
Bynum may be correct in saying that the Cavs are a mess; but he has little right to make his views so public. Though, he now finds himself in a good situation with the Pacers, Bynum took Cleveland's money and provided nothing but a distraction for a young team in need of guidance.
The Cavs may still be a dysfunctional mess, but they will be just a little bit better off by simply ignoring Andrew Bynum and erasing the memory of his disastrous stint in Cleveland.