Report: Andrew Bynum Likely to Re-Sign with the Philadelphia 76ers

And I thought the day just couldn’t get any better for the Philadelphia 76ers.

While nothing is set it stone, the latest tweet from ESPN NBA analyst J.A. Adande should have Sixers’ fans jumping for joy (keep an eye on the second sentence):

The Sixers were “willing to take a shot” with this trade, seeing as they received no previous commitment from Andrew Bynum on whether the former Lakers’ center would re-up with Philly with his contract set to expire.

Photo courtesy of ESPN.

This news only corroborates with common sense: When Bynum becomes eligible for free agency after this 2012-2013 season, the only team that can offer him a five-year max deal—worth nearly $100 million—is Philadelphia thanks to the new CBA. Other teams would only be able to offer four years and money in the range of $78 million, more than a stone’s throw from what new owner Josh Harris and Co. will be willing to throw at their new superstar.

Bynum, surprisingly, is also a local product who’d likely be interested in returning home for the long run. He grew up in Plainsboro, NJ, which is just over an hour away from the Wells Fargo Center. Playing at St. Joseph’s University in Metuchen, Bynum averaged 19.2 points, 14.9 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game as a junior and senior. As you all know, he skipped attending college and made his way directly to the NBA similarly to fellow local product Kobe Bryant.

If the Sixers are indeed able to keep Bynum longer than one season, next season’s free agency period could be extremely interesting with players like Chris Paul and Monta Ellis hitting the open market. Next year is a ‘Year of Reckoning” of sorts for Kwame Brown, Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Jrue Holiday. By parting ways with all but Jrue, the team could save up to $17 million which go to another superstar to pair with Bynum. With a dominant center and potentially an All-Star guard like Paul or Ellis, the team would make their presence in the East felt by 2013-2014 at the latest.

The 24-year old is set to make $16.5 million next season, but the Sixers could avoid free agency altogether by extending him with a contract worth up to three years, $60 million during the season.

Stay tuned to Khandyman Sports for more updates regarding this story. Also check out our grades, reaction, and analysis and original report of the deal.

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Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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  1. Andrew Bynum to Sixers: Grades, Twitter Reaction, and Analysis | :: Sparxxrx LLC :: - August 10, 2012

    [...] Next, the Sixers will have the best chance to re-sign Bynum of anyone in the league. As per the new CBA, they are allowed to offer him five years and close to $100 million, while the rest of the league can only go for four years and $78-80 million. Bynum is also a local product and is reportedly interested in signing an extension with the Sixers. [...]

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