To think a year ago, Philadelphia 76ers fans were filled with optimism. Having gotten rid of the contract of Andre Iguodala and using the amnesty clause on Elton Brand, the Sixers had finally gotten the piece they need to contend when they acquired Andrew Bynum in a four-team trade with the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bynum said all the right things from the second he stepped into the arena for his first press conference in a Sixers uniform. He continuously stated how much he loved it in Philly and could see it being his home in the near future. The sad truth would unfold itself throughout the course of the season and that would be the only day Bynum would put on that Sixers uniform.
The Sixers gave up a lot to bring Bynum to Philly. Not only did they give up Iggy, Maurice Harkless and Nikola Vucevic, but they also did not have the cap space to re-sign fan favorite Louis Williams. With the news the Bynum has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the move has now officially blown up in their faces.
They had to make the move at this time last year. This was a team stuck in mediocrity and you have to think a team of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Bynum would be able to compete in the East. I would even make the trade again if I was assured Bynum would be healthy.
But now the harsh world we live in as Sixers fans is that the Cavs are getting the second best center in the NBA when healthy and the Sixers paid for Bynum’s knee surgery to get him healthy enough to probably contribute for another team next season. At least the Sixers can finally move on from this mistake that they never could have predicted.
The Cavs now have the potential to be a playoff team with the addition of Bynum and the Sixers are facing a rebuilding project around Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. The signing of Bynum by Cleveland officially ends the Bynum debacle in Philly and needless to say this charade couldn’t have ended any sooner.