With just nine games remaining, The Sixer Sense turns its attention to a familiar topic of this season, Andrew Bynum. Philadelphia Inquirer’s own, John Mitchell, reported that a source close to the team does not believe Bynum will give the Sixers any type of special consideration this offseason.
$16 million, Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Mo Harkless, and another first-round draft pick is what the Sixers gave up for Bynum. Vucevic looks to be a possible star in the making with the Orlando Magic, averaging a double-double. Harkless is also developing into a solid role player, but Mitchell says this could be one of the worst deals to go down in the history of the NBA.
While the deal has clearly not gone in the Sixers favor, nobody was criticizing the front office when news of the deal was released. Fans had high expectations, the Sixers were viewed as possible contenders to play in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Miami Heat.
At seaon’s end, Bynum will be an unrestricted free-agent for the first time in his career. If he gets declared healthy by doctor’s, it is likely that a team will offer him somewhere around the maximum deal, if not the max.
Mitchell is under the impression that Bynum owes the Sixers some sort of discount for the drama revolving around him this season. While it would be great if the team could bring him back at a reasonable price, it remains likely that he will follow the money this summer. With his knee issues, it makes complete sense. Seek the big pay-day while you can. There is no guarantee that Bynum will not be a Sixer next season, but it seems more unlikely by the day.