Andrew Bynum said he's experiencing some swelling in his right knee after last week's 5-on-5 scrimmage, calling it a “four- to five-day setback” and adding that he doesn't feel the need to play to get his next contract
Speaking at PCOM following the 76ers' practice Friday, Bynum said his right knee is his concern. For those keeping score at home, that's the one that had been better and, for the last few months, the left knee (the one he hurt in November while bowling) was the one setting him back.
Bynum said he's not sure if he'll ever play for the Sixers this season.
“Now it's getting really late,” he said. “I don't know.”
As for playing to get his next contract, Bynum said he doesn't feel the need to rush anything. The Sixers have 26 games to go and Bynum, an unrestricted free agent, isn't worried about his next deal.
“Being healthy is more important than everything else,” Bynum said. “If I am healthy, I'll get a deal. I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point where I'm healthy to play.”
Well, he does have a point. Playing in pain, and being limited is going to hamper his ability to get a long-term contract far more than sitting out, and getting 100% healthy. If he's healthy, he will get a deal.....probably from the Sixers themselves.
There is nothing wrong with what Bynum said except for the idea that he doesn't have to play to get the type of contract (Max money) that he and his agent seem to expect. Even if he plays and plays well I certainly wouldn't want to take a risk on him for anything more than mid level money.
According to a Philly reporter that was on with Charlie and Lance this week, Bynum played thru alot of the same pain last year with the Lakers. Paraphrasing, he said the condition of Bynum's knees are going to cause him some level of pain permanently when he plays basketball, and it's up to him if he can deal with it or not. He said don't be surprised if Bynum toughs it out for a few weeks at the end of the year in hopes of getting another team to get fooled into paying for him. Once he has another contract, don't be surprised if toughing it out no longer seems worth it.