Philadelphia 76ers Shouldn’t Re-sign Andrew Bynum

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The 2012-13 season for the Philadelphia 76ers was one that was full of so many different storylines that it is hard to figure them all out.

Philadelphia traded for Andrew Bynum in the offseason and he never played a game for the team. The 76ers will need a new coach next season as well after Doug Collins resigned after the season, which will be the bigger loss because there is no way Philadelphia should even consider bringing Bynum back next year.

He is a free agent after sitting out all year and while Philadelphia has said that they will consider the idea of having Bynum back, why would they do that? This is a player who obviously enjoys sitting out more than getting on the court. The knee injuries are an obvious problem and while Bynum could become a dominant center again, I don’t see Philadelphia risking it.

Bynum made nearly $17 million this past season. I don’t see how he makes that much in free agency this offseason coming off a season where he didn’t play at all.

I’m sure some team will make that type of move though. Philadelphia needs to move on from Bynum and find a new center. The team couldn’t score at all this season, being last in the NBA for points per game. Bynum would help that, but the price tag is too high.

I believe that the 76ers will look for help in the draft and there are a lot of scoring threats in this year’s NBA Draft. It would be best for Philadelphia to go the way of a team that can score in bunches instead of having a low-post option worth $15 million a season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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