76ers Fans Already on Board with Bynum?
The Sixers’ fan base, which hadn’t been thrilled by the previous offseason moves, seems energized by finally having a player of (Andrew) Bynum’s caliber. They’ve waited six years since (Allen) Iverson’s departure.
(Andre) Iguodala is a terrific defender and fine all-around player, but not a legitimate scorer or star. And his on-court sulking and dispassionate responses had become quite tiresome.
Next summer, the Sixers can give Bynum a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, which is one year and $20-plus million more than anybody else.
If he plays up to his potential and continues to mature, Bynum would be worth every penny.
Should it not work out that way, the Sixers could trade Bynum at the February deadline or wait to deal him until after the season in a sign-and-trade scenario. They could also create quite a bit of salary-cap space to use on a free-agent class that’s expected to be strong by allowing him, along with (Dorell) Wright and (Nick) Young, to leave next summer.
In short, the Sixers made the right move by trading for Bynum.