Newly acquired center Andrew Bynum will head to Germany in September to receive knee treatment, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer. Bynum was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier in the week in a trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bynum has had a history of knee problems in his short NBA career, including a dislocated left knee cap during the 2007-08 season and surgery on his right knee in 2010.
Despite an injury-plagued start to his career, Bynum turned in his most productive season this year, averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 60 games.
Several other stars have flocked to Germany to receive the treatment, including Kobe Bryant and Grant Hill. Known as Orthokine/Regenokine, the procedure is similar to platelet rich plasma, and the goal is to produce a high concentration of platelet cells to speed the healing process, according to the Inquirer.
The 76ers took on a calculated risk taking on Bynum, who has only one year left on his contract. But Bynum is said to be “thrilled” with the move to Philadelphia, and the team can offer him the most money when he becomes a free agent after the 2012-13 season.
The 76ers had been dangling Andre Iguodala for some time, and with a surplus of athletic wings, the addition did not come at a huge price. Bynum teams with forward/center Spencer Hawes to form a huge frontcourt in a conference that lacks many dominant big men, especially with Howard heading to the West.