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Sixers’ summer “Plan A” still to re-sign Andrew Bynum

Feb 22, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Reuters

How much money would you give Andrew Bynum this summer?

The bigger question is, how many years?

Fortunately Sixers’ GM Toni DiLeo, and other GMs around the league, don’t have to answer that question until this summer. And they hope to have seen him play a little before that.

Whatever the answers to those first two questions are, the plan in Philly is to keep Bynum, DiLeo told John Finger at

“We have Plan A and I think everyone knows what A stands for. And we have Plan B and we don’t know,” general manager Tony DiLeo said on Friday morning at the Sixers’ workout site at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“If and when we get our complete team on the floor, then we can get some answers. We want to evaluate all of our players and in the summer make some decisions. We have some flexibility, we have a lot of free agents, we have a lot of good, young players and an All-Star point guard that we can build around. We have a lot of options and a lot of different ways we can go this summer.”

DiLeo added the question isn’t how good a player Bynum is; the question is can he play? Can he stay healthy and get on the floor to help the team enough to warrant the paychecks?

Fans are going to flip when it happens, but you can expect Bynum to get the max. Is that paying him for potential? Yes. But that’s what happens with the handful of legitimate centers in the league.

But how many years are you willing to bet on? That to me is the interesting question.

  1. biasedhomer - Feb 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Id give Bynum 3 years maximum, with a 4th year mutual option.

  2. yousuxxors - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    can they put in an opt oit clause after next year like football or only after a certian number of years … 3 then team option like most contracts. i think healthy and motivated, hes the best center in the game. big thing is if he can actually achieve both of those. i think hell be better as a centerpiece and not playing second fiddle to kobe but who knows if thats enough. i understand why the lakers went for howard who actually is more motivated/hsalthy but doesnt seem like that now. god dam divas. hopefully we can see him this year. i think a jrue/bynum tandem is gonna be fun.

  3. saint1997 - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    if you want to keep him, you give him max or close to. Its hard to swallow but if they don’t you can bet someone else (hello Daryl Morey) will. Put him on the floor with Jrue and Evan and you have something. Maybe make a play for a nice stretch 4 in FA and either stay with Nick Young or take a stab at Tyreke. That could be a championship team

  4. xxakshunxx - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    If the sixers sign Bynum that would be a death wish.. The Lakers had enough talent to get by when he was hurt for him to come back and be impactful.. The Sixers have 1 very good player, maybe two good players and the rest are roster wasters.. Wait til after they resign Bynum, he gets hurt again, and the attendance goes from 7k to about 2-3k

  5. yousuxxors - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    kyrie and him would be another nice tandem

  6. davidly - Feb 23, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    “Give him max for a year” is my initial thought, not believing anyone else would do him much better. But I don’t think there’s any great answer here. Philly is in a lose-lose situation until they aren’t.

  7. ggeagle21 - Feb 23, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Depends what the Goal is….If you want to try and win a championship, you have to sign Bynum Longterm, maybe sit him out a year to get himself right..He is the only championship caliber player that the sixers have a shot at getting….If they just want to be better, being happy with the 4th seed, then they dont re-sign Bynum and they go get some smaller pieces, maybe a Pekovic…. But wtf is the point in getting better, but not having a championship ceiling? I would rather take the chance on Bynum, sign him to a 5 year deal, and pray that he gives you atleast 3 strong years. Bynum is the only hope of ever building a championship team. If they let Bynum go, and sign some good but not great players, they wont realistically have a shot at the nba title in the next 5 yeARS ANYWAY. Might as well roll the dice and sign him for 5 years….If he doesnt work out, we will be better, but stuck in quicksand anyway.

    I want to legit compete for a championship sooner or later. Bynum is the only FA with even a remote possability of that happening with. I watched Iggy, play under a max deal for YEARS! I would rather pay Bynum that kind of money to only play a 3rd of every season…than Pay Iggy that kind of money to play an entire year. How the hell did we manage to give bruce bowen a max deal? lol

  8. Eberwizzle - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    If plan “A” is to sign him………PLEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEE get to plan “C”

  9. joeyb3878 - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    This guy will receive a max contract by a team that will regret it a lot sooner than later. He is one more knee surgery away from being irrelevant. Huge risk, high reward but he will get paid.

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