When Will Andrew Bynum Play?

It seems the only way to enjoy his Saturday nights is for Bynum to chat with the other team’s players.

Andrew Bynum’s debut with the 76ers is put on hold again as Sixers GM Tony DiLeo said Saturday that Bynum is out indefinitely now and there is no timetable for his first game. The All-Star center was acquired in a four-team trade from the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason.

Bynum had been recovering from a bone bruise on his right knee and the Sixers were hoping that he would be cleared to do basketball activities by December 10. However, he had suffered a setback two weeks ago by injuring his left knee while bowling and that marked the fourth time his return has been pushed back since training camp opened.

DiLeo has said that Bynum has “bilateral bone bruises and weakened cartilage in both knees”. Still, DiLeo has defended the multi-team trade that sent away All-Star forward Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets and first-round pick Moe Harkless to the Orlando Magic. In their first 13 games, the Sixers have gone 7-6, losing recently to the Oklahoma City Thunder in OT.

Bynum, 25, is in the final year of his contract and could potentially sign a 5-year, $100 million contract in the offseason, if he’s healthy of course. But his uncertain status could cost the center millions. Bynum won 2 NBA titles in 7 seasons with the Lakers. The Sixers were hoping that he could replicate his stats and help the Sixers become one of the elite teams in the league.


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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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