Posted March 18, 2013

Sixers’ Andrew Bynum to undergo season-ending knee surgeries

Andrew Bynum, Ben Golliver, Philadelphia 76ers
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Andrew Bynum will not return to the court this season. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

The Sixers announced Monday that center Andrew Bynum will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery to “clean out loose bodies” in both of his knees on Tuesday. The surgeries will end Bynum’s 2012-13 season before he ever got the chance to suit up for the Sixers, who acquired him from the Lakers in a four-team blockbuster trade last summer.

The news was first reported by Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com.

Bynum, 25, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer after earning $16.9 million this season. Seen as a no-brainer max contract player as recently as last summer, there’s no question Bynum’s lost season and ongoing knee issues have hurt his free agency stock.

The bad news has steadily trickled out for Bynum this season. He sat out training camp and the preseason because of a bone bruise in his right knee. In November, Bynum told reporters that he had cartilage damage in his left knee, and later admitted that the “setback” happened while he was bowling. The Sixers had initially hoped he would return in December but eventually opted to list him as out indefinitely with bone bruises in both of his knees following that setback.

In January, Bynum was cleared to run and spoke about a return to the court after the All-Star Break. After participating in a 5-on-5 scrimmage in February, Bynum conceded on March 1 that he might not play this season because of swelling in his right knee. Season-ending surgery was then raised as a possibility two weeks ago.

These surgeries will be the third and fourth of Bynum’s career. In 2008, Bynum dislocated his left knee cap and eventually underwent arthroscopic surgery. In 2010, Bynum underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. In 2012, Bynum underwent Orthokine treatments on both of his knees in Germany.

Philadelphia, now 25-40 on the season, has fallen out of the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture, winning just three of their last 16 games. Coach Doug Collins recently lit up his team for its lack of effort and focus following a double-digit loss to the Magic.

The 2005 first-round pick holds career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. Last season, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for the Lakers.

7 comments
CitizenCurby
CitizenCurby

ha ha ha sixers...just another horrible move in decades of horrible moves....Bynum is a cancer.

RafiqSabir
RafiqSabir

the sixers made out in this trade. he was an expiring contact, so now they have 16M to offer someone else. the sixers never intended on keeping bynum, but wanted Iggy off the books.

 

slatersgators
slatersgators

And the NBA, of course, has no interest in revisiting this ridiculous trade?  Yet another Laker gift, courtesy of David Kobe Stern.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Ouch.. Got to feel for sixers fans after getting teased with last years nice playoff run and then following that up wit acquiring Bynum to challenge for positioning in the upper echelon of the east. But they should have been more weary of Bynum with the history of knee issues and immaturity. Now they risk losing him and not having anything to show for it. Should of just kept and paid Inguandola but can't fault their high hopes. You took a risk and lost.

subie
subie

 @slatersgators David Kobe Stern?! Are you serious?! If Stern is secretly in cahoots with the Lakers, why did he nix the trade that would have landed them Chris Paul? Stupid statement, with no evidence to back it up...

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

 @slatersgators - It hasn't proven to be a winner for LA either. And Iguodala is not exactly carrying the Nuggets. He is little better than a poor shooting role player. It will be amusing to see what NBA team is stupid enough to offer Bynum a truckload of cash. There are some guys who are NEVER going to live up to their potential. He is one of them.