Sixers center Andrew Bynum is scheduled to undergo surgery on both of his knees in New York tomorrow, sources told Howard Eskin of 94WIP Radio (on Twitter). The operations, which will clean out debris in his knees, will sideline him for the remainder of the 2012/13 season.
The news means that the 76ers didn't get a minute of Andrew Bynum on the court after giving up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless, and Nikola Vucevic this offseason. To make matters worse, Bynum will be a free agent after this season and despite his health troubles, the center could still command something near a max deal if everything checks out medically. Philadelphia could still make a play to keep the 25-year-old, but their frustration over what has happened is apparent.
If the Sixers do re-sign Bynum to a max deal, it'll cost them nearly $102MM over five years, as our own Luke Adams calculated recently. The max for another team would be $75.7MM over four seasons, which is still costly considering the immense risk a club would take on by signing him.