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Cavaliers suspend Bynum for detrimental conduct

Andrew Bynum of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio
Andrew Bynum of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland have suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant announced Saturday.

Bynum has averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots over 24 games in his first season with the Cavaliers.

The team did not reveal details of what Bynum had done to incur the punishment, but he did not travel with the Cavaliers to their Saturday game at Boston and has been banished from all team activities, not just games.

Bynum, 26, missed the entire 2012-13 season due to knee problems. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees last March, seven months after Philadelphia obtained Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers.

He signed a two-year deal worth almost $25 million (18.2 million euros) with Cleveland last July, but the Cavaliers would be on the hook for only $6 million if they release Bynum before January 7.

The Cavaliers lost 103-100 in Boston, their fourth loss in a row, and at 10-19 are 2.5 games behind Boston for the eighth-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Brazilian big man Anderson Varejao scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds starting in place of Bynum while reserve center Tyler Zeller had five points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

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