I’m not going to lie. I laughed quite hard when the Philadelphia 76ers thought it was a good idea to trade for Andrew Bynum. I mean honestly, the guy’s had knee problems his entire career. Did they not pay attention to what happened with Greg Oden and other big time big men? I guess not. So far, since the trade, Bynum hasn’t played a game yet. Throw in the fact he hurt himself again “bowling” and you have yourself a real mess.
I’m not saying Bynum isn’t a cornerstone piece because he is when he’s healthy. The problem is, he’s never been healthy: whatsoever. So what’s the point in trading a guy like Andre Iguodala to get a guy that’s hurt all the time? Iggy was one of the better swingmen in the league, but inconsistent play put him on the block I suppose.
I question if we’ll ever see Andrew Bynum at his best, or put up the numbers he’s certainly capable of. It’s a shame, but it’s part of the game, and part of the risk with big men. Personally, if the 76ers can get him to play just a little bit, I’d flat out trade him the second I can and let someone else assume the risk of his career. At least you wouldn’t be on the hook for a maximum or near maximum contract.
The 76ers need to find themselves a cornerstone piece, and I respect the thought to go out and trade for one. I just fear they’ve missed the boat on this one. I hope I’m wrong, and I hope 76ers fans get to see the kind of player Bynum can be. Until then, all we can do is speculate as Bynum recovers from his knee injuries.