It looks like the Philadelphia 76ers gamble on Andrew Bynum gamble is a bust … at least, for this season.
When the team traded for the former All-Star center last August, in a blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, they hoped he could possibly return this season. But… it’s not happening.
According to ESPN.com, Bynum is set for season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday (March 19). The 7-footer has not played this season because of bone bruises in both of his knees.
After the current season, the 25-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent. So now, Philly must decide whether or not to offer him any kind of long-term deal without him ever playing a second for the franchise.
Currently, it’s still up-in-air whether or not he will ever play a game for the Sixers.
“After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point,” general manager Tony DiLeo said Monday night (March 18). “We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward.”
Bynum was acquired by the Sixers from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team trade, and was expected to make the 76ers contenders in the East. Without him, the team has gone 26-40, a year after reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals.