The Philadelphia 76ers took a chance when the got involved in the four-tream blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers … and center Andrew Bynum to the City of Brotherly Love, because he can opt out next season and become a free agent. But, following a recent press conference where he was introduced to the city, it seems the 24-year-old is happy with the situation and has plans to stick around, long-term.
“To be honest, my first experience here’s been so great, I’m really leaning torwards making this my home. I’m not a guy who likes to be all around, having a lot of teams under my belt,” Bynum said, prompting a roar from fans.
When Bynum showd up, fans immediately made him feel welcome with chants of “Andrew Bynum! and “Beat L.A.,” as he walked to the stage.
He is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season, but if his introduction is any sign, he may opt to stay here … for the coming years. Bynum grew up about an hour outside of Philadelphia, so he may be comfortably being close to home.
Unlike in Los Angeles, where Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were the first and second scoring options, the 76ers are expected to run their offense through the 7-foot Bynum, a major change for him.
“It’s the next step in my career,” he said. “I’m excited about this team. Seeing them last year, what Doug (Collins) did with them. They’re a young team with a lot of energy.”
Bynum averaged career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.