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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. adfranco - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Any team that offers this guy a max contract is crazy. Even when healthy, there are times when it looks like he just doesn’t want to be there.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      maybe a little realty is setting in for the two BIG men, Bynum may have that loving feeling
      now that the game was taken away and there is a possibility it could be over, but I doubt that
      cause of medicine and you can’t teach how to be 7 feet tall. D-12 everyone knows has to grow up and I think he may be headed in that direction, I know he played hurt and that will help with
      his team.

  2. losanginsight - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Mitch “The Assasin”Kupchak strikes again.

  3. dylude - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    The Oden comparison was astute and should give fans something to ponder if they want their team to pursue Bynum.

    I’m confused why platelet therapy and the German stem cell treatment isn’t working well in this case, I guess the “magic stem cells” aren’t foolproof. Kobe jumps like he is 25 again and Bynum who is like 25 can’t handle his own weight well.

    I would take him on the Rockets 3 years / $45 mil. Gives him 2 years to prove he can play again and if he can’t he’s a future expiring we can move for the 2014 free agent bonanza.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      I don’t even want him in Houston for one season. He’s a bad lockerrom guy, he gives effort when he feels like it, he’s clashed with teammates and coaches….no thanks. This Rockets team has great chemistry (case in point when Jeremy Lin said he cried after the trade) and a guy like Bynum would only destroy that. Bad attitude+bad knees=bad contract.

    • yankeesfan25 - Mar 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Maybe I cant do the math but how would giving him a three year contract while letting him play out 2 seasons set you up for the 2014 free agent bonanza?

  4. patfic15 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Waste. What a waste of a trade. Pathetic. Go Nuggets.

  5. doctorfootball - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    As so many of his teammates have said about him, he likes basketball he doesn’t love it. You’re going to have to offer the max or near it in order to get him to sign. He’s just not worth it.

  6. jesuslovesthelakers - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Danggg poor doug collins & the sixers!!

  7. jhuck92 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Quality big men are hard to come by, but the Dwightmare last offseason and now this upcoming nightmare make them look like prima donnas.

  8. truninerfan49 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    As bad as its been with Howard, the Lakers still got the better end of the deal.

    • adfranco - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Agree. If they didn’t trade Bynum their center right now would be Robert Sacre!

      • zerole00 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        They traded injured stars, I don’t like Howard after the trade fiasco, but at least he’s willing to play through some of the pain and his effort has never been up for debate. Bynum’s the complete opposite. Bynum’s got a lot of upswing, but I pity any team that’s willing to roll the dice.

  9. jhuck92 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    The Dwightmare Part II: Bynum’s Hurting Knees… In theaters this summer/offseason

    • badintent - Mar 3, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Rated FS…. freaking scary Bynum’s new do.Wilt Chamberlain would have beatdown both these clowns in The Barbarians and on the court.

  10. money2long - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    the GMs should all have a conference and agree that no one offer him more than a certain amount. although, that sounds illegal.

  11. ryanrockzzz - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    The crazy part is that once any team gets him on healthy knees, then they have to get him a healthy attitude, which could be just as impossible.

    This move could set the Sixers back another 3-5 years, which for any Sixers fan would just be the same as the last 10 boring ass years, so hey….bring it on.

  12. doubledown44 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I will admit that I really wanted to see the Cavs get Bynum in a trade before the season, but obviously I’m quite glad they didn’t.

    As for 76ers fans, I never really got the feeling that any of them minded trading Iggy (who also will be a free agent), but I think putting Nik Vucevic among a list of “other young players” is selling him short. I think that part of the trade will hurt for a while.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      maybe Bynum goes back, you never know.

  13. cosanostra71 - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Anyone still want to say the Lakers got worse in this trade?

  14. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Told you guys several times that boy had no intentions of playing this year.

  15. Chris Fiorentino - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Doesn’t matter. If they don’t re-sign him, the Sixers get some salary cap room. I’d rather he not play the rest of the year.

    Kurt is 100% incorrect in writing that “Philly can’t just let him go for nothing — they risked everything and went all-in to get him.” So wrong. They got rid of the albatross contract of Iggy which was the plan all along. Of course, they expected Bynum to play this year and are disappointed he is not playing. BUT to say that they can’t let him go for nothing is just plain wrong. You should check around the league before making this kind of statement.

    Getting the salary cap room is just as important to the team. Agree or disagree, those are just the facts.

    • adoombray - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      That posts works if it wasnt for the fact that Iggy is also a free agent after this season too. They traded a guy they werent resigning anyway to a guy that they may not want to resign. they rolled the dice and lost. simple as that. Also, Kurt was stating an opinion bro, it’s not possible for it to be wrong. settle down there, internet attack dog.

    • somekat - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      As a sixers fan, who was 100% in favor of this trade (although I thought we gave up too much in “other pieces”), I agree completely. It’s not that Iggy was a bad player, it was that he made way too much money, and with his game, distorted the developement of the sixers other most important players. How good would Holiday be right now if he’d of been running the offense for the last 3 years, instead of just this year? But Iggy played the “point forward” role, so Holiday had to play off the ball. You couldn’t see what Turner had, because he played the same position. You couldn’t start Young because your lineup was too small. Also, don’t discount the frustration of watching a guy who is a very good player, but is exactly the same very good player he was 4-5 years prior. Same strengths, same weaknesses.

      A worst case scenario would be, they resign him to a max deal, and are stuck with him for the next 6 years. Cut ties with this guy after this year. It’s going to be tough, since they owe out 3 more 1sts (1 to the heat, prior to the bynum trade), but I think you could find a few max guy to come play with Holiday and Young. It’s not even that I don’t think Bynum will play again, I just think he doens’t care. It hurts? You have no real injury, you have bad knees, that isn’t going to change. When is it not going to hurt? At the end of your max deal when you are in your 30’s? I woudln’t offer this guy anything more than a 1 year “prove it” contract

  16. aventador12 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    This guy is just a jokester. What a waste. Another pathetic prime example of someone who’s just in it for the $$$ more than the game.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      I would love for you to feel the pain that Andrew is gong through and call you out when you stop going to work and recieve disability.

      • Eberwizzle - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I would gladly feel the pain Andrew is going through. This way I could go bowling all the time and still have 26 million

      • adoombray - Mar 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Nobody cares about what you’d like to do with your own hypothetical personal finances. We’re talking about Andrew Bynum. When you become a world famous athlete and contribute to a multi billion dollar machine like the NBA, then maybe you become more interesting, but it goes without saying that you and me are different people than professional athletes and theres no comparison. If you want to have 26 million to go bowling all the time, maybe you shoulda played more basketball as a kid :)

  17. themagicfanguy - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Funny how I thought the Magic were screwed for all time when the D12 trade went down but we somehow ended up getting the best results from it.

    • money2long - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      that’s why the gm’s are the gm’s and the fans are the observers. the gm’s have a committee of minds that analyze every angle of trades. fans think off passion.

  18. kanemoney - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Bynum will go to whomever offers him the most money. So with his Bird’s rights the Sixers can get him with a max deal.

    He just wants the money…

  19. sportsnut101 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Well there’s goes his max deal. Would u give him 5yrs at almost 20 mill nope n u won’t be able to insure it. This isn’t amare who had a full yr to recover before signing a deal. This just opened up for all teams to sign him very cheap n take a chance. If I was Philly I would 1 yr with team option n go from there

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I garun-fricken-tee he will still get a max. There are so many stupid GMs out there, and young, talented big men are always at the top of their shopping list. Watch my man, watch and be dumbfounded.

      • adoombray - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

        Kurts point was good – if Kris Humphries got 14 mil, someone will pay Bynum the Max. probably multiple max offers. You think people are giving Bynum crap now, wait till he becomes the new Boozer and he’s synonymous with a terrible contract. It doesn’t even matter if he becomes a productive player again (And Boozer is a quality compliment to Rose, he gets alot of points as the steady low post offensive dump, he’s a good player who takes crap because he was supposed to like, i dunno, say, “I’m good, i don’t want more money, people on the internet will criticize me”), the stigma is stuck.

      • eventhorizon04 - Mar 1, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Agreed.

        He might not get 4-5 years, but someone will gladly offer him the max annual salary for 2-3 years in exchange for a shot at an All-Star center.

  20. sgtr0c - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    It is crooks like Andy that will always keep the NBA as the fifth/sixth major sport in the USA. The contracts that have to be paid, the death of this sport. Feel bad for coach Collins.

  21. emosnar - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Man with the way Bynum and Howard are acting. . . the Pacers have the best center in the league!!! GO PACERS!!!

  22. tmatic74 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Somebody minus Doug Collins should be fired for taking on damaged goods and setting the team back.

  23. 00maltliquor - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    As much as I loved/love Bynum and hated trading him for Dwight Howard….dang we pulled the plug on him at juuust the right freakin’ time! Even if (more like when) we lose D12, it’ll still be a sucessful trade if we could at least manage to re-sign Earl Clark (sadly, I personally don’t think we’ll do that either. Lakers are gonna try to save cap space to swing for the fences in the Summer of LeBron part2).

  24. 93warchant - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    there’s a picture of the word lazy in the dictionary and its Andrew bynum.

  25. drago2012 - Mar 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Did you see poor Doug Collins lately. Bynum has moved him closer to six feet under. He looks like he just came out of the movie called Tales from the Crypt. Please remove any rope or any sharp object away from Doug, he looks like he just might end his life any minute. This bum is a poor excuse for a basketball player, i would take Asik any time over this guy. DAAAA BUUUULLLLSSSSSS!!!!

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