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Andrew Bynum has his knee surgeries. So that’s done.

Mar 21, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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Andrew Bynum’s knees were not right all season, he will not play one minute of one game.

So how much are teams willing to gamble that this solved the problem?

First things first, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Radio tweets that Bynum’s knee surgery to clean up everything following his previous surgery was successful. His knees got scoped out. So that is done.

On to the next question: How much would you offer the NBA free agent? How much do you think an NBA team will offer?

My guess is a 2-3 year deal (maybe the team option for the third) around $12 million to $15 million a year. The deal will include an Exhibit 3 exemption, which lets a team list a number of pre-existing conditions and they can waive him if he doesn’t play because of one of those conditions. I know you just rolled your eyes at that number, but Kris Humphries got $12 million a year for two years last summer. Bynum when healthy is a potential game changer at both ends. For a team with cap space and a need for a star, it may be worth the gamble.

To me, Bynum is a great test of how much the new CBA really has changed how GMs and teams approach player acquisition.

But at least wherever he signs his knees will have had that second surgery.

  1. dirtydavis - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    2 yr 12mil with a team option sounds about right

    • thebigkahuna23 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      I feel like he’ll go for much more than six million a year. Teams will start bidding and I think he’s get at lease ten million a year probably for a year or two because of the knee.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:30 AM

        Na, he’ll get more then a year or he’ll just sit it out until he gets a contract that he likes, kinda like how Kenyon Martin did (except, Andrew will actually get a contract he likes).

    • mytthor - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      I won’t make a judgement on what’s fair, but if you think he’s making 6 million a year you must be a time traveler from 1991. People making about 6 million a year in the NBA: Amir Johnson, JJ Redick, Wes Matthews, Andres Nocioni, Jerome James, Spencer Hawes, Big Baby Davis, Landry Fields, Francisco Garcia, Channing Frye, Brandon Bass, Luke Walton, Wilson Chandler, etc, etc, etc.

      You’re talking about guys who are 6th or 7th men on contenders, no more. Bynum is risky, but you insure the contract – if he stays healthy he’s an all star starter and a legit 20-12-3 blocks guy. No way you’re getting him for the same money Mike Miller is getting.

  2. tubal22 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    I don’t want to speculate, but I think Bynum could have rehabbed a lot better and played this year. He has no heart, and probably never had any intention of suiting up for the 76ers.

    Whoever signs him better hope he wants to play, because he has no heart, and no loyalty.

    • mydoghasfleez - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      He should have started rehab more cautiously – like bowl a few games before running or jumping!

    • zerole00 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Agreed, I’m sure the offers would be higher if he had any kind of drive. Instead, he’s just comfortable banking – and it looks like a sucker bet if any team bites.

  3. hwatt - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    His new team will have to pay for Bynum’s next knee surgery to clean up everything following his previous surgery to clean up everything following his previous surgery, and then, another surgery to clean up everything following… you know…

  4. firewolf777 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    It sucks the sixers are forced to offer him a good contract.
    They gave away all those pieces they have to.

  5. dirtydavis - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Q: D. Cousins or Bynum?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:34 AM


      • dirtydavis - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        Chente= GOAT

  6. illcomm - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    as a sixers fan this is a double edge. if bynum wants to stay we will get him at a reduced rate which is better than the max we would defineyely be giving him. so instead of five years at max. 2-3 at up to 13-15 mil is much better. so at least we can look forward to another rebuild now instead of being stuck in a 5 year max.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Cuban will sign him. I have said this all season. Watch it happen.

    • hoodheisman - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      That’s an interesting thought. It would make sense considering Nowitzki has a 3-year window and 3 years is likely Bynum’s ceiling with those knees. The only way to beat the Heat is with size. A front line of Bynum and Nowitzki would be formidable. Cuban wouldn’t have to give up anything to get Bynum. All he would have to do is offer Bynum a little more money to sell him on being the 2nd option. Low risk, high reward situation if the contract is done right.

  8. malibudave66 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Too bad for Philadelphia, If I was them I would be really upset, As a Laker fan we all saw his immaturity and how selfish he was, I hope the 76ers do not offer him a contract because their fans deserve better!!! Andrew grow up the world does not revolve around you!!!

  9. nard100 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    As a Philly fan, I don’t know how much of this nonsense we are supposed to take. Once again the ghost of Charles Shackleford/ Jeff Ruland rears his ugly head again. I’m starting to think seriously that it is time to jump ship. 30 years is too long to wait for this organization to get its act together.

  10. money2long - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    he coulda had a max deal on day 1 with philly. he chose to play things out…

    • zerole00 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      The rage in Philly would be immeasurable now if that were the case. I think Philly dodged a bullet.

      • money2long - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

        exactly, houston lucked out with harden, who’s looking to be on the verge of super stardom. they made haste to get his name on the dotted line ASAP. philly def dodged a bullet !

  11. notoriousbri - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    people usually get 5-10 years for stealing money like this bum.. whoever signs him will be sorry at his lack of effort and immaturity.

    dude got hurt bowling.. do you need to know anything else?

  12. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Bynum drug his brittle and broken knees up and down the court for my beloved LAKERS and helped them hang two more banners. For that he will always be loved in my book. I hope he gets healthy and leads Philly (or whomever) to multiple Finals appearances (as long as they lose to the LAKERS!). Get well, Big Fella.

    • byrdstheword82 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:09 AM


  13. tsi431 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    He will be on that “Diving” show next year with Charles Barkley.

  14. dolphins4 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    The Sixers ought to resign him then package him with a bunch of their other bums like Evan Turner and Wilkins for some good players that don’t choke when the game is on the line.

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