The Cleveland Cavaliers suspended centre Andrew Bynum indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, the Cavs announced Saturday.
Bynum did not travel with the team to Boston for Saturday's game against the Celtics. He was excused from all team activities indefinitely.
The Cavaliers said they will update his status at a later time.
"We've got 14 guys in that locker room that are very focused and determined and ready to take on any challenge that's in front of them," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said. "They're great guys, they're focused guys and they know how to play the game the right way. That's what I'm focused on, just helping those guys win ballgames."
Point guard Kyrie Irving said, "It's just a terrible situation internally with our team. It's just something we have to get over.
"We need him out there. He's a dominant force for our team. It's hard. You lose a teammate, but with this situation it gives everyone else a chance to step up. That's kind of how we look at it.
"He's going to be missed, but we've still got to win games. That's what it's all about."
ESPN.com reported that the Cavaliers will look into trading Bynum. The centre wants to be dealt to the Miami Heat or Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports.
The team has until Jan. 7 to decide on guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season. Bynum signed a two-year, $24 million deal in the summer but only $6 million is guaranteed.
Bynum missed all of last season with knee injuries but this season he is averaging 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in playing each of the first 24 games.
"I think Bynum is a really good player, but when I've watched them, they've been better without him on the court in a lot of cases," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "That doesn't mean they haven't been good with him on the court in a lot of cases, and it's certainly nothing against him, but what it does is it impacts their defense in a way where they're a little bit more aggressive with a guy like (Anderson) Varejao."