The Philadelphia 76ers acquired Andrew Bynum this summer. With Bynum, they hoped they were getting a young and extremely talented center that they could build a team around not only this season, but for many years to come.
However, what they’ve gotten out of Bynum this season is a plethora of bad hairstyles and a center that has yet to touch the floor for Philadelphia. That’s less than ideal, especially considering that Bynum averaged a double-double last season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Since he hasn’t been on the floor for the 76ers, the team has struggled mightily, sitting at just 22-31 and out of the picture for the NBA Playoffs. With Bynum, it feels pretty safe to say that they would at least have a chance at making the postseason.
Bynum’s return has been speculated about all season and had multiple set-backs. The most recent news on his return came on Friday when he participated in his first practice. However, head coach Doug Collins said that the fact that Bynum hasn’t played competitive basketball in nine months was very evident and that it didn’t look like he was going to be returning anytime soon.
Given that recent news, it seems like the smart move here for Philadelphia would be to just let Bynum recover for the rest of the season and not let him see the floor. They no longer have a real chance at making the playoffs and definitely won’t by the time that Bynum returns. So what would they really gain by bringing him back this season?
The wise decision here would be to re-sign Bynum and hope to bring him back next season at 100 percent health. After all, this is a guy with a long-history of injuries in a short career. They should let him get healthy instead of bringing him back when he’s not going to have much of an impact.
It’s doubtful that the Sixers will choose to go this route because they will want to make sure they should re-sign him. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it would be the right move if Bynum didn’t suit-up for Philadelphia this season.