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07:23 AM ET 12.30 | So much for the Andrew Bynum era in Cleveland. At this point, barring some unforeseen development, his short time here appears to be over -- even if he remains on the roster. According to a variety of NBA sources, a disruptive pattern of behavior had been developing, culminating with an obviously disinterested Bynum jacking up wild shots at practice on Friday, angering coaches and teammates. ... Off the court, [general manager Chris Grant] will try to turn Bynum into tangible assets beyond the $6 million the team will save if it releases him. His contract is attractive, even if his physical limitations and disruptive conduct are not. Remember, this organization managed to trade an overweight and under-producing Shawn Kemp, so nothing is impossible.

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December 30, 2013  07:26 AM ET

Remember, this organization managed to trade an overweight and under-producing Shawn Kemp, so nothing is impossible.

That was many years ago and many GM's ago!

December 30, 2013  07:55 AM ET

like this is such a surprise.

December 30, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Look for the Kings, Rockets or Celtics to trade for him.
Look for the Heat, Lakers, Bobcats or Pelicans to sign him if he hits FA.
Look for me saying he'll bounce back for 2 years, 3 and a half years from now.
Look for his agent down that alley in a cardboard box.

December 30, 2013  08:26 AM ET

'Tangible' assets?

No

Who's going to give anything of value for him?
He's half broke AND a head case

They might get back an expiring deal , maybe a 2nd rounder or something
But no one will give them any 'tangible' assets

December 30, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Nobody would trade for him if everybody knows he would get released. Heat and Clippers are already weighing their options on this guy. They have nothing to lose for getting this guy for the minimum. Maybe the Hawks can give him more but that wouldn't be a good situation for Bynum because he only wants to go to a contending team. He won't play hard for any non-contending team.

December 30, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Not Enough ATMs in Cleveland, Bro?

December 30, 2013  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nobody would trade for him if everybody knows he would get released. Heat and Clippers are already weighing their options on this guy. They have nothing to lose for getting this guy for the minimum. Maybe the Hawks can give him more but that wouldn't be a good situation for Bynum because he only wants to go to a contending team. He won't play hard for any non-contending team.

Lol....but the hawks are #3 in the east

I agree though, if he's waived, no reason for Miami/clippers not to look into him, cause it would be for a minimum deal.

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December 30, 2013  08:54 AM ET

One thing that has come out of this that will make GMs be cautious. Bynum can no longer jump because of all of the knee problems. So he's never going to be the same player that made the All Star team in his last year as a Laker. It seems hat's part of what has discouraged him.

GMs saw the Cavs give the guy a chance and he blew it. I think teams with young players are going to be hesitant to take a chance.

December 30, 2013  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LOL....this is going to complicate the Cavs winning the championship this year as LTCF predicted.....The Cavs fans loved this move in the offseason

Do you know what that genius said last night? He said Orlando is losing and is a lottey bound team. Which is true and that is their goal. Meanwhile the Cavs are trying to make the playoffs this year.

The irony of this is that both teams are 10-20 right now. :-)

December 30, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Send him to Brooklyn. It can't get much worse and I'd love to see Kidd have to deal with him.

December 30, 2013  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Lol....but the hawks are #3 in the eastI agree though, if he's waived, no reason for Miami/clippers not to look into him, cause it would be for a minimum deal.

And they really need a legit big man. Don't be surprise if OKC gives him a chance for the minimum. He does give them a big body w/ experience down low.

December 30, 2013  09:07 AM ET

I don't know what is happening with Bynum, maybe he knows the end is near and is frustrated with what he knows his future holds. In watching a few of the Cavs games he does appear to be lumbering and not moving with any fludidity but still manages to score double figures in a few games. I believe the guy need to take some time off and concentrate on getting well, healthy and stronger before giving it one more try. There will be a market out there if he indeed work his way back in positive fashion. Its hard to believe that he can go from an all-star in one year to a guy that have nothing in the tank the following years.

December 30, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I am pretty sure all of FN, except two who will not be named, saw this coming from the start........

December 30, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Time to raise the banner........

Go Clips?

December 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Go Clips?

On a more serious note the Clippers should look into picking up Bynum as he has the size and skill. He is also a decent free throw shooter so he doesn't need to be benched at the end of games unless he is launching 3 point shots....

December 30, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

'Tangible' assets?NoWho's going to give anything of value for him?He's half broke AND a head caseThey might get back an expiring deal , maybe a 2nd rounder or somethingBut no one will give them any 'tangible' assets

I feel in an exercise in caution you are being overly generous in your assessment.

December 30, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

LOL....this is going to complicate the Cavs winning the championship this year as LTCF predicted.....The Cavs fans loved this move in the offseason

They were this close (hold two forefingers next to each other) but damn it just slipped away. Still it was always seen as a gamble, and to be honest, even by Cavs fans generally. He was only going to be a support for all those excellent lottery picks.

December 30, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Back in the day there was a commercial with the tag line, "only the love can make you a player." (I know, I'm dating myself) Andrew Bynum has all the tools to be a force in the league. but no love or respect for the game. The best thing that could happen to him would be to be completely ignored by the league's GM's. Let him experience what life without basketball would be like for a 7 foot knucklehead with no appreciation for God-given talent he didn't have to earn.

 
December 30, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Back in the day there was a commercial with the tag line, "only the love can make you a player." (I know, I'm dating myself) Andrew Bynum has all the tools to be a force in the league. but no love or respect for the game. The best thing that could happen to him would be to be completely ignored by the league's GM's. Let him experience what life without basketball would be like for a 7 foot knucklehead with no appreciation for God-given talent he didn't have to earn.

" Andrew Bynum has all the tools to be a force in the league. "

That part may not be true any more which is a factor in why he is discouraged. It's sounding like the last round of surgeries has taken away some of his physical tools like leaping ability and some quickness.

I think he can still be an effective player in the right role but he's going to have to adjust mentally.

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