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Andrew Bynum has swelling in his knee, says he may not play this season

Mar 1, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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Welcome to the Sixers nightmare.

Their worst-case scenario was to trade Andre Iguodala and other young players and get nothing from Andrew Bynum because his nagging knee injuries flared up. Now that’s exactly where we are.

Andrew Bynum admitted Friday that he had some swelling after recent practice, reports John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com. He has stopped all basketball activities and is using ice and rehabilitation to get the swelling down. Here are some tweets that sum it up well.

Ugh.

Here is where it really gets complicated for the Sixers — Andrew Bynum is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Philly can’t just let him go for nothing — they risked everything and went all-in to get him. If Philly doesn’t, some other team is going to look at his 2012 All-Star season in Los Angeles and give him a max offer or something close to it (before you laugh, Kris Humphries got $12 million a year last summer). You can count on it.

The question becomes how many years and what kind of safeguards will there be if he doesn’t play again, or plays on a very limited basis.

He doesn’t want to play in pain, but looking at the state of his knees will he ever be able to play without pain? I’m not going to fault him for not wanting to risk his knees for the short term of a lost Sixers season. If he wants to wait until he is 100 percent, so be it. But if he is going to come back, is his commitment to basketball great enough to overcome everything? I’m not sure — Bynum likes the adulation and money, but love of the game is still up in the air. And even if I am wrong about the amount, Bynum is going to get paid a lot of money next year one way or another.

This is not the kind of thing you bounce back from unless you want to be on the court that badly. Say what you will about Greg Oden’s knees and what he may be able to do, the guy is set for life financially but is fighting to get back on the court because he wants that badly play again. Can you see Bynum doing that? Because he may have to.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    If he doesn’t stay in Philly, he’ll gladly take Cuban’s cash.

  2. mungman69 - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Yes, Gonzo, when the Sixers went all in there was the possibility that Bynam might miss some time. But the Sixers never thought that he would miss the entire season. The Sixers have quit, boy could Andre and the two guys on Orlando look good in Sixer gear now.

    • tfoz5150 - Mar 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      minus the Andre part, of course

  3. jazz607 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    It’s time for Sixers Management to be held accountable! Fire them all!

  4. allen227 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    So he did get paid for this season? If so that’s bull$hit….

  5. yankeesfan25 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I dont see him coming back in any form other than a small 1-2 year contract where the goal for him is to rebuild his stock. No way the 76ers are dumb enough to give him anymore.

  6. kvanhorn87 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Somekat, owe out 3 more firsts? Please enlighten us

  7. kvanhorn87 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Oh well sixers had to get rid of iggys contract. They have expiring Bynum deal, some cap space and a chance at a high draft pick. Took the chance and now move on. Still like the attempt.

  8. lancer255 - Mar 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    As a Sixers fan it really doesn’t bother me if he doesn’t play. We got rid of iggys contract and have a bunch of expiring contracts. This team needs to be very bad in order to get good

  9. 1509lucky - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    How did he pass the physical in the first place???

  10. liamj55 - Mar 1, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    If I was the Sixers I would still do this deal over 100 times. Vucevic is a matador on defense and Iggy stunted the growth of Holliday. Harmless who knows? Maybe the Sixers can move their high pick and Turner for an established player.

  11. deavn - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    OMG who the hell cares.

  12. BigBeachBall - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    who’s a bigger filthy bastard… bynum or those chumps that traded for him…

  13. psung26 - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    The funny part? Still getting a max this summer lol.

  14. joeyb3878 - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    Hard to believe just a year ago Howard and Bynum were the consensus top two centers in the NBA. Seems the true center as we knew it is all but dead.

  15. dylude - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    He wouldn’t be an “expiring” contract in 2014 summer, but a “future expiring” contract if someone offered him a 3 year deal this summer. It’s a small distinction verbally, but a team worried about exceeding the cap 3 years in a row (which is highly penalized with the new CBA) could trade for Bynum with 2 years left knowing if he doesn’t come around, they get major relief in 2 years.

    I just think you always roll the dice on young 7 footers with Bynum’s footwork. Attitude is a real concern, but being called out by everyone has to eventually have an effect… Eventually, right?

  16. mcsuave - Mar 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Starting to remind me of former Knick player Eddie Curry. How could his knees get so bad in the off season after finishing the year with the Lakers? Bynum does not appear motivated nor appears to have desire to return or play in Philly. NO team will offer him a max contract for max years. Philly better off letting him walk and using the cap space. He gave them nothing but disappointment. Do you reward that with a max contract? I think not.

  17. dexterismyhero - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    swelling in his head……..then his wallet….

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