Andrew Bynum had one of the easiest years of his career. Bynum collected checks from the Philadelphia Sixers while injured and missing the entire season due to a knee injury.
But that might of hurt his ability to get a hefty deal as a unrestricted free agent this summer. The Sixers are one team not interested in shoveling money his way.
“I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents that have potential to play NBA basketball,” Sixers new GM Sam Hinkie said, during his introductory press conference. “He is one of those. I’m duty bound to consider them and look at them. All of them.”
Whether NBA teams would be willing to depends on his knee. But according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Bynum won’t work out for potential new NBA homes:
“Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said his Bynum will begin training in July in Atlanta in preparation for next season after completing his rehabilitation from knee surgery. The knee injury caused Bynum to miss the entire 2012-13 season with the Sixers. Lee said there are a “half dozen teams” interested in Bynum and they will be given MRI and other needed medical reports. Bynum, however, will not work out for teams….”
That leaves teams to rely on doctors clearance and and MRI results showing no lingering issues. He has proven himself in the NBA but the risk could make teams hold off from Bynum at first as the market dictates the price.
But I bet if someone is offering a max contract he’d work out.