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Andrew Bynum not expected to give Sixers special consideration in free agncy

Mar 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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

After the Sixers traded for Andrew Bynum last summer, who was coming off of an All-Star season as a member of the L.A. Lakers, the franchise expected to be even better than it was the year before, which concluded with Philadelphia advancing into the second round of the playoffs.

It didn’t turn out that way of course, with Bynum being forced to miss the entire 2012-13 season due to a series of knee injuries. And, the immediate future may not be much brighter.

Bynum is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and if doctors around the league sign off on his health, he will likely receive contract offers which approach the max, in terms of both years and dollars.

Given the fact that Bynum was unable to play at all in Philadelphia this season, might he consider giving the Sixers a discount on a new contract for their troubles? Don’t count on it.

From John N. Mitchell of Philly.com (via HoopsHype):

While it would be wonderful if Bynum – an unrestricted free agent – gave the Sixers special consideration in light of all that they lost in trading for him and the agonizing wait for him to return, a team source with knowledge of the situation said last week that he does not believe that will be the case.

The Sixers ultimately may have nothing to show for this deal – no Bynum, no Nik Vucevic, who looks as if he could be a budding star with the Magic, no Maurice Harkless, blossoming in his own way in Orlando, and one less first-round draft pick.

It’s tough situation for the Philadelphia franchise to face.

Bynum can’t be blamed for being injured, at least not entirely. He also can’t be criticized for seeking as much as he can financially before signing his next contract.

Offering Bynum a huge deal might be a tough pill for the Sixers to swallow, however, especially after how this season has played out. But it could be even more painful to see a healthy Bynum flourish elsewhere next season, while the franchise is plunged into a full-fledged rebuild that wasn’t exactly of the team’s choosing.

  1. phreakin - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    In other news, NBA teams not expected to give Andrew Bynum any consideration when deciding who to sign.

  2. claymatthewshairplugs - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    As a Laker fan, I’m so glad we got rid of this guy. This guy is a big time DB who doesn’t care for basketball and is only worried about being cool and getting his money. What other moron has the audacity to continuously park in the handicap spot. I just feel bad for the Sixers they gave up some good young talent for this idiot. But good riddance Philly you don’t want this team cancer on your team. You’re better off trying to rebuild with someone who WANTS to be there and WANTS to be great.

    • thesportgenius - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Well, he probably qualifies for a handicap parking pass both mentally and physically. Is there really a team that will give him max dollars? Might as well sign Brandon Roy and Greg Oden while your at it. The all-injury dream team.

  3. spthegr8 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Why would he. He didn’t consider playing for them. I’m Just Saying!!!

    • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      but the sixers considered trading for him, even given all the health risks. they gave up a lot, that’s giving HIM special consideration. sad that he won’t return the favor, but it’s a business. hopefully, he does the right thing.

  4. dacapt704 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Someone should be fired over this trade…most ppl thought it was HORRIBLE went it went down, this isnt a case of 20/20 hindsight.

  5. Sideline Mob - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Everyone thought the Lakers were crazy to keep Pau Gasol and get rid of Bynum… imagine how much MORE dysfunctional that team would be with Dwight AND Bynum there. (Not that it would have been financially feasible, but still.)

  6. rushbacker - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    No worries. They’re far better off without the worthless piece of crap anyway.

  7. sportsnut101 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    I hope the whole nba blacklist him This guy won’t care I hope bobcats sign him let him enjoy losing

  8. philly4lyfe - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    bynum sixers jersey will be pretty awesome collectors item some day.

  9. bifford - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Don’t ask for pity for Philly. They knew the risks going in. And really, they’ll probably view it as a blessing if he signs elsewhere and kills that teams cap room when he breaks down for good. The kid is classless.

  10. klownboy - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    That fool cost himself a WHOLE lot of $$$ in free agency.

  11. 1509lucky - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Let him limp his big underachieving a$$ out of town. He will NOT be missed.

  12. patfic15 - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Lol. I think Philly feels the same.

  13. dembois - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    John Mitchell is a tool…just sayin

  14. 8nflfan7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    This jerk should just leave the nba period. Hes knees alwas gonna be problem….

  15. ultichiva - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Quit HATIN!
    Walk a mile in another mans shoes !
    Git Yo money BUNUM…
    EFF thee MAN!

    • bougin89 - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      This is why kids should stay in school.

  16. ultichiva - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Quit HATIN!
    Walk a mile in another mans shoes !
    Git Yo money BY NUM…
    EFF thee MAN!

  17. philadelphiafan - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    I’d rather see Bynum play good elsewhere next season on another team than take the chance of offering him a max deal and being stuck with another Elton Brand contract for the next 5 years. Difference is that Brand was actually a leader here.

  18. xxakshunxx - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    But what about all that money he’s making from selling his car on eBay?

  19. phillyphannn83 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    Clearly there are too many people here, the OP and those commenting, who don’t know Bynum’s history. He’s from NJ and grew up a Sixers fan. Those of you saying he didn’t even consider playing for them…HA! Yeah OK! thumbs up to you. As for Brett, I know you’re just reposting someone else’s story but this fact also give some credence to the possibility of Bynum signing with the Sixers. However, I personally can’t think of more than a dozen instances in all of American professional sports where an athlete did that anyway, regardless of the situation. It just doesn’t happen. They either go for money or championships. The Sixers are probably going to have to offer the most to get him, but that doesn’t mean the possibility isn’t there for them to get a discount. At any rate, your headline should have read “Bynum not likely to give Sixers hometown discount.”. Saying “not expected to” implies some sort of decision has been made. Saying “not likely to” clearly dictates an opinion or speculation, which is what this story is.

  20. 1509lucky - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Guaranteed money is going to be the DEATH of this league. There is absolutely no incentive for these guys to actually EARN their money,injured or not.

  21. its50 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    lol philly

  22. andiroid71 - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Dude is a punk. Sad that Philly got ripped off. Hope he get way less than he thinks he is worth.

  23. jeff6381 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Bynum is about to get a max contract and will never be able to play up to that contract. He is 7 feet thats the only reason why he is going to get paid his knees are shot from what I read his knees are similar to Brandon Roy’s so he is going to get a max contract from some desperate team but won’t be able to play that much longer.

    • badintent - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      the dreaded “Ogden Sydrome”…….. coming to a movie theate near you. Rated RO for Rip Off.

  24. bougin89 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Because Bynum didn’t play at all this season isn’t his salary for this season covered by insurance? If so, the Sixers(at least on the business side of this deal) didn’t lose nearly as much as people think.

    • philadelphiafan - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Sixers get back 80% of the 16 mil salary b/c he missed more than 41 games.

  25. dysraw1 - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    if any body saw AB. last season they wouldv’e been trying to throw max money his way. the Sixers thought they were getting a beast. to bad it ididn’t pan out. but philly will have cap space maybe they can get get some decent pieces from that

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