Just three years ago, Andrew Bynum was blossoming into one of the elite big men in basketball and was viewed by many as the game’s second best center, trailing only Dwight Howard. Since then, it has been all down hill.
In 2012, Bynum was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers from the Los Angeles Lakers, where he spent the first seven years of his career, in a four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, Nikola Vucevic, Arron Afflalo and Maurice Harkelss to the Orlando Magic and Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets. Shortly after the trade, it was revealed that Bynum, who has a history of knee injuries, went to Germany for a knee procedure and that the issue was much more serious than anyone thought. Bynum soon had surgery and hoped to come back at some point during the 2012-13 season . However, he needed surgery again in March and wound up never suiting up for the 76ers. He signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason. Bynum and the Cavaliers clashed and he was traded to the Chicago Bulls, who planned to release Bynum, in exchange for Luol Deng. Bynum was subsequently released and joined the Indiana Pacers, but appeared in just two games for the Pacers.
Now, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post, who spoke to Bynum’s agent, David Lee, Bynum may sit out the entire 2014-2015 season and return to the court for the 2015-2016 season.
In 26 total games last season, he put up 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 41.8% from the field and 75.5% from the free throw line.
Bynum hasn’t been healthy since they 2011-2012 and he was excellent, averaging 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for the Lakers.