According to ESPN’s Bill Simmons, the Cleveland Cavaliers plan on waiving center Andrew Bynum barring a last minute miracle offer. The Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers were in trade discussions all day Sunday trying to close a deal centered around Bynum and Lakers power forward Pau Gasol. However, the Lakers apparently also wanted Dion Waiters in return for Pau Gasol, but Cleveland did not budge.
Cleveland has also been reported to have trade discussions with the Utah Jazz, which would have had swapped Andrew Bynum for veteran small forward Richard Jefferson. If no deal gets done and Bynum is waived, possible landing spots for the former All-Star and two-time NBA champion could be the Los Angeles Clippers or the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers have until January 7th to waive Andrew Bynum before his deal becomes guaranteed. Until then, we are in for more trade rumors and speculation.
Bynum was suspended indefinitely last week for conduct detrimental to the team. The actual cause of the suspension was never revealed. Before his suspension, Bynum was averaging 20 minutes per game, in which he put up 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 42% from the field. The 7th year center was in his first season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after missing all of last season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.