With news dropping that Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum would be undergoing season-ending knee surgery, the fear that many were weary about when the 76ers acquired Bynum prior to the season came to fruition. Bynum and his oft-injured knees were on the shelf the entire 2012-2013 campaign, and once the season is done the 76ers should move on without him.
The 76ers brokered their present and their future to bring Bynum to Philadelphia to only have it backfire in their face. Not only did Bynum fail to play or practice for the 76ers, he appeared to not care much about all the while. Bynum was supposed to be a key component to Philadelphia’s playoffs hopes, but he became more known for his outlandish hairstyles and bowling exploits than his play. That isn’t quite what the 76ers’ front office bargained for when they parted with Andre Iguodala and some younger players to land former All-Star center.
Bynum will most likely be seeking a near-max deal contract from some team this summer as an unrestricted free agent and there may be some team desperate enough to do it. In any case, that team should not be the 76ers.
Head coach Doug Collins has been at his wits’ end coaching this current 76ers’ roster and is doubtful to return next season. Philadelphia should move on from the Bynum experiment as well and let him become someone else’s training room occupant. After this season Bynum’s value shouldn’t be as high as he is expecting, and unless he comes at a reduced rate the 76ers should cut their losses and let him walk.