Sixers Andrew Bynum considering surgery
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON – Philadelphia 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said that Andrew Bynum is considering arthroscopic surgery on his balky knees and that the organization has yet to decide whether to attempt to sign the one-time All-Star center once he becomes a free agent after this season.
Arthroscopic surgery to clean the loose cartilage out of Bynum’s knees would ensure he does not play for the Sixers this season. Philadelphia entered Sunday night’s contest trailing Milwaukee by 5½ games for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 25 games to play.
Building around Bynum remains the team’s preferred option, if he’s healthy.
“He is Plan A,” DiLeo said Sunday before the Sixers played the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, speaking publicly for the first time since Bynum announced a setback in his rehab from what could be career-threatening knee injuries on Friday.
“Until we get the answers, until we make a decision, whether like you’re saying it’s a calculated decision or a risk management decision, that’s something we’ll have to make at the end of the year, going into free agency, and that’s something he also has [to figure out],” DiLeo said. “He’s unrestricted, he can go anywhere he wants to and it’s his career. And he’s only 25 years old. That’s just something we’ll have to see. We just don’t have all the information now.”
The 7-foot, 300-pound Bynum has been sidelined by bone bruises and damaged cartilage in his knees since the Sixers acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade in August. Bynum said Friday that his right knee continued to swell a week after taking part in his first practice of the season, and that he’s no longer confident he’ll play for the Sixers this season.
He is making $16.9 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, when he’s hoping to land a long-term deal and a nine-figure pay day.
“That practice was unique because not only was he enjoying it, but it seemed like the coaches were enjoying it – even though he was in and out,” DiLeo … [For more on Sixers Andrew Bynum considering surgery, click here.]