Andrew Bynum’s agent, David Lee, said on Monday that the often-injured big man will be ready for the start of training camp. Now there’s just the matter of which team’s camp will Bynum participate in? Bynum will hit the NBA’s free agent market in July, and despite not playing a single game for the Philadelphia 76ers since coming to the east coast in a four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, speculation has been running wild on whether or not the Sixers will look to retain Bynum’s services past his current deal. Furthermore, nobody seems to have any idea of whether or not Bynum even wants to remain in Philadelphia.
“Philly will do what Philly does. I can’t control it,” Lee said. “Next week, I have a feeling I’ll be meeting with a couple of teams.”
Focusing on Bynum’s return appears to be what he and his agent have in mind right now. Bynum has the green light and is expected to resume workouts next week. The seven-footer suffered a knee injury that saw him sidelined all season. The Sixers’ relationship with Andrew seems rocky at best, and whether or not he returns is completely up in the air at this moment.
Many were asking the question of whether or not Bynum had what it takes to become the NBA’s premiere center, but in a “what have you done for me lately” world, Bynum’s stock has plummeted in little time. Even the 76ers general manager, Sam Hinkie, has had some less than encouraging things to say about the big man.
“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,” Hinkie said. “He is one of those. I’m duty bound to consider them and look at them. All of them.”
This Summer (free agency beginning July 1st) should be an interesting one in terms of centers. Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum will both be available, and despite Bynum’s latest slew of injuries, my bet would be that at least a half dozen team will be knocking at the door come July 1st.