Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Knee surgery to end Bynum's Season

Andrew Bynum will have surgery on both knees in a bid to rescue a career that may not necessarily be with the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 25-year-old center has not played for the Sixers all season and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the campaign.

"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," said Sixers general manager, Tony DiLeo, to the NBA betting news.

"We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward."

Bynum was obtained during a four-team trade seven months ago that cost the Sixers Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Maurice Harkless and a protected first-round draft pick.

Bynum is making $16.5million this season, which is the final year of a contract he signed with the LA Lakers, but the Sixers will have to decide in the summer whether he is worth the risk of a new deal.

In mid-September, Bynum hurt his right knee when he was preparing for training camp and it was initially estimated that he would be fit enough for the season’s start in October.

However, the injury took longer than anticipated to heal and Bynum then hurt his left knee while bowling in mid-November.

Bynum averaged career highs in points (18.7) and rebounds (11.8) last season with the Lakers, appearing in 60 of LA’s 66 games, and also made his first All-Star team, starting for the West.

He was the NBA's third-leading rebounder and 20th-leading scorer in 2011-12, while also ranking sixth in the league with 1.93 blocked shots per game.

Bynum said earlier this month: ''I think being healthy is more important than everything else. If I am healthy, I'll get a deal.''

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