[url=http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/deep-sixer/Bynum-agent-Ball-is-in-Sixers-court.html]John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer] url wrote:The agent for Andrew Bynum says that the player has not ruled out signing a contract with the 76ers once free agency begins July 1.
“I don’t see why not,” Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said Wednesday morning when asked whether or not Bynum would consider signing an extension with the 76ers this summer. “I still feel like the ball is in their court.”
Bynum will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last month to remove debris. Teams can begin signing free agents on July 1.
Not long after the surgery, once Sixers source said that he did not believe that Bynum would give the Sixers any additional consideration because of what happened – Bynum never played for the team in the final year of his contract - following his acquisition in a four-team trade last August.
“Philadelphia has been terrific to us – from [majority owner] Josh Harris to [CEO/co-owner] Adam Aron to [general manager] Tony DiLeo,” Lee said. “The only way that Philadelphia would not be an option would be if they decided that they wanted to go in another direction.”
Lee said that Bynum is at least two weeks into his rehabilitation. He added that Bynum has not experienced any pain or swelling since the procedure.
For those that believe Bynum’s career is over, Lee had this to say.
“This was a rough year on everyone involved. But Andrew is just 25 years old. We have every reason to believe that he will be back on the court next season.”
FabFourLakers wrote:If Bynum doesn't sign with the Sixers, I really hope he never plays again. It's not fair what he did to them...they gave up so many good players for him....Iggy, Vucevic, Harkless AND a first round pick?!?! Vucevic and Harkless will definitely improve next year, and I just feel bad for the Sixers now. Bynum is a piece of crap and to whoever overpays him, I hope they give him the MAX and he sits on his duff.
KB24 wrote:^sorry Roos I have to disagree.
1. Howard NEVER said he will stay. He always reiterated that he will decide in summer. Bynum though said Philly feels like it could be his new home.
2. Howard is getting paid and he is doing what he is supposed to do which is to play. Bynum is robbing Phillies money this season. Going out to bowl and getting hurt is his mistake. If he has any sense of pride and fairness, he will resign with Philly and he will make up for this year by accepting a slightly lower offer just to make a symbolic point. Like 1 Mio. less annually.
3. Howard was known to prefer NJ so expectations were always lower. Bynum on the other hand said he doesn't care, every city has a bank.
c.Lin wrote:Any GM/owner that throws any significant money at this guy at this point is a fool.
It was picture day for the Sixers before Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. Though it’s not necessarily a benchmark of the season for most NBA teams, it reminded coach Doug Collins of how the team came together for its final five-game push for the playoffs during last year’s picture day.
This year the Sixers are simply playing out the string.
Though there were a lot of different faces in this year’s photo, there were two that were conspicuous by their absences.
One was Jason Richardson, who was rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee. The other was Andrew Bynum, who also is rehabbing his knees in New York City. Though his uniform was hung in his locker, Bynum did not make the trip to Philly to smile for the camera.
Without Bynum in the team picture it was as if he wasn’t even here at all.
Richardson has two more years remaining on his contract, so Sixers’ fans have not seen the last of him. But Bynum is in the last year of a contract that paid him $16.9 million this season. He can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Bynum has not spoken to the media since the beginning of March and has not been seen around the team since it was announced that he would have arthroscopic surgery on both knees on March 18.
Will Bynum ever appear in a Sixers’ photo in the future? The conventional wisdom seems to indicate, no.
nameant wrote:If he only had a heart.
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