Andrew Bynum is giving serious thought to undergoing Regenokine therapy on his troublesome knees and missing the entire 2014/15 season, agent David Lee tells Marc Berman of the New York Post. Lee insists to Berman that Knicks president Phil Jackson would have interest in signing Bynum, whom Jackson coached on the Lakers, once the oft-injured center is ready to play again.
Numerous athletes have undergone the German Regenokine therapy, but it generally doesn’t cost them quite as much time as Lee says Bynum would miss. Still, Bynum’s knees have proven remarkably fragile over the course of his nine-year career, forcing him to miss the entire 2012/13 season.
The 26-year-old is a free agent after appearing in just two games last season for the Pacers, who signed him February 1st. He spent the first half of the season with the Cavs, but he had a falling out with the team, which scrambled to trade him before his $6MM partially guaranteed salary became fully guaranteed for more than $12MM. They shipped him to the Bulls in the Luol Deng trade, and Chicago promptly waived Bynum before the guarantee deadline.
There hasn’t been much interest in Bynum, a former All-Star, since his time with the Pacers ended, as our rumors page for him shows. Bynum told TMZ last month that he’d like to play for the Lakers again. Jackson has already taken in one of his downtrodden former Lakers pupils, signing Lamar Odom late last season, but the Knicks waived him last week, with Jackson saying that Odom was “unable to uphold the standards to return as an NBA player” in the team’s statement. I’m not so sure that Jackson wants to risk going through a similar experience with Bynum.