Andrew Bynum's locker in the Cavaliers locker room still has remnants of a player who might return. Sneakers, shower shoes and headphones are clustered together on his bench. A loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter – his typical post-game snack – seemingly await his return.

His face still flashed on the pre-game video montage on the scoreboard Sunday. His photo still hung with the rest of the individual portraits of players hanging in the hallway leading to the Cavaliers locker room.

Officially, Bynum has been excused from team activities; he's still getting paid, but no longer welcome. That follows his one-game suspension in Boston for conduct detrimental to the team.

Where the Cavaliers go from here, however, is a work in progress. They took steps to remove Bynum from active memory when they eliminated his Fathead giveaway scheduled for the Golden State Warriors game. Instead, fans 14 and under were offered a handout redeemable for a Cavs Fathead Tradeable pack.

Unless something drastically changes, it appears that the Cavaliers are readying for an existence without Bynum from now on.

That means that Tyler Zeller and Anthony Bennett are preparing for more playing time.

The Cavaliers might actually become a faster team on offense and a more aggressive team on defense. And the team will have to relearn what it's like to play without a traditional post player.

"The biggest thing is not many teams have a guy that can score in the low post," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said in his familiar refrain on Bynum. "Even growing up, everything now is shooting threes and transition basketball and pick and roll and drive and kick. To be able to understand how to play through the post is a unique skill set. And our guys are learning that as time goes on."