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Andrew Bynum won’t work out for teams as a free agent

Jul 1, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson Getty Images

Andrew Bynum didn’t play a single game for the Sixers last year, due to knee injuries that kept him from basketball for the entire season.

Bynum is now an unrestricted free agent, but the likelihood of Philadelphia coming through with the dollars it will take to sign him is minimal, at best. The team’s new GM Sam Hinkie said as much during his introductory press conference.

“I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents that have potential to play NBA basketball,” Hinkie said. “He is one of those. I’m duty bound to consider them and look at them. All of them.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

As Bynum prepares to sell another team on his services, questions about his health and history of injuries are bound to come up. But while Bynum and his agent are happy to divulge any medical information surrounding the big man, the All-Star center won’t be showing off what he can currently do physically for any of the interested teams.

From Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports:

Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said his Bynum will begin training in July in Atlanta in preparation for next season after completing his rehabilitation from knee surgery. The knee injury caused Bynum to miss the entire 2012-13 season with the Sixers. Lee said there are a “half dozen teams” interested in Bynum and they will be given MRI and other needed medical reports. Bynum, however, will not work out for teams.

This position is understandable, at least to a certain extent.

Bynum has proven himself at the NBA level, and if doctors have cleared him to play and MRI results show no lingering issues, then teams should be willing to make offers based on the available information.

Something tells me, however, that this is just a way for Bynum’s camp to make it known publicly that he won’t be going on a pre-draft-like tour of teams to try to convince them of his long-term ability to contribute to an NBA franchise.

If a particular team comes calling with a max contract offer that Bynum is interested in accepting, it’s more than likely that a private workout would be granted under the right circumstances.

  1. louhudson23 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    The “information available” is that this guy is a bum with the work ethic and desire a of a rock….which is well known to every team but will be ignored by one of them in the interests of idiotic and inept management strategies…..

  2. pourman - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    C’mon man, not even a couple of frames?

  3. delsj - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    “Bynum has proven himself at the NBA level, and if doctors have cleared him to play and MRI results show no lingering issues, then teams should be willing to make offers based on the available information.” REALLY? That’s what the Sixers did and how’d that work out for them? You can’t really write about sports and think its reasonable that a team would pay him based on a medical report and Bynum’s word without seeing him play. The guy is a turd – stealing money while bowling, dancing & clubbing. If any team gives him any guaranteed money, they will be enabling his lazy entitled lifestyle. Anything other than an incentive laden contract after a private workout is asinine.

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