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Plan B for Bynum, a sign-and-trade?

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08:11 AM ET 03.11 | In the case of Andrew Bynum, Plan A has failed in Philly, and yet the near future has its downsides, too. As rickety as Bynum's knees appear to be, somebody in some NBA front office this summer will be willing to offer the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent -- whether he plays this season or not -- a huge sum of money. NBA front offices are populated by people who believe that the magic beans will work for them. That could force the Sixers to move to Plan B, and as bleak as things look now, the alternative without Bynum could be even worse. ... Maybe the Sixers' best option is a sign-and-trade with Bynum. There will probably be teams willing to part with players, draft picks, or cash.

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March 11, 2013  08:29 AM ET

This is sad for Philly. They get a big man to take them to the promise land and he becomes the lame horse he's been in the past. Hopefully he comes back next season ready to play and is a difference maker for the Sixers or is good trade material for them.

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March 11, 2013  08:47 AM ET

The Knicks are dumb enough to sign him. They need a backupto Amare

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March 11, 2013  09:32 AM ET

I wouldn't touch this guy with a 10 and half inch poooooooooooollllle.

March 11, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Unless you're talking Max contract.....why would this happen?Why would, say, Houston give up players or picks for him if he's a FA?

Because if you haven't been paying attention, Houston has said numerous times that they would love to add Bynum and continues to express a huge interest in this kid. I doubt they would pony up a lot to get him but at this rate the Sixers are better off taking something rather then losing him for nothing... They are better off without him honestly.

March 11, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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This is sad for Philly. They get a big man to take them to the promise land and he becomes the lame horse he's been in the past. Hopefully he comes back next season ready to play and is a difference maker for the Sixers or is good trade material for them.

This is sad for Philly for sure and while I get what you are saying, even had he played, the promised land for Philly was a 4 seed, maybe 3 at best in the East THIS season.

With Bynum, they still are not beating the Heat.

Worse part is him leaving...they get nothing in return except a lame draft pick and they are finishing mid-pack...

Maybe the cap room will enable them to make a run at some good names available this offseason??

March 11, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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Unless you're talking Max contract.....why would this happen?Why would, say, Houston give up players or picks for him if he's a FA?

The Lakers should sign him.

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March 11, 2013  10:21 AM ET

At Least You Have Two Rings, Bro.

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March 11, 2013  10:55 AM ET
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The Knicks are dumb enough to sign him. They need a backupto Amare

It would not be too dumb if Amare needs to retire due to both knees being bad. I doubt it will happen but if it is that bad, you never know. The Knicks need a offensive threat in the post.

Bynum maybe cheaper than Amare too. I do not see Bynum getting a max deal. I see him getting a short term deal (3 year) for 10-12 million or (which Bynum may prefer) a one year deal for average money just to prove himself and then go for the big money.

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March 11, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Oh man, Philly is in a no win situation here.

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March 11, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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Lakers got rid of him at the exact right time.I was opposed to letting Bynum go in favor of an oft injured Howard. But it looks like the Lakers got the better deal.

Lakers did not win this deal since they are barely making the playoffs and are a very old team with few draft picks in the near future. They went all in and they need a river card miracle to have any chance of doing anything this year. Also, if Howard does not resign (I think he will), the Lakers are the biggest losers. Philly obvious is not winning the deal. Denver did well with Iggy, especially considering they are the best team in the deal this year and have a solid future ahead of them.

All that being said, Orlando will win the deal in the long term. They got exactly what they wanted. They got 5 draft picks (3 first round picks) and a young core of talented players. Look who they got in the deal, Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Nikola Vucevic, Josh McRoberts, and Christian Eyenga. Harkless is a typical one and done player, very talented but needs time to mature. Afflalo is a good scorer and the best pickup Vucevic, is a very good player. Did I mention 5 draft picks?

March 11, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Lakers got rid of him at the exact right time.I was opposed to letting Bynum go in favor of an oft injured Howard. But it looks like the Lakers got the better deal.

In Mitch we trust.
Bynum had a good season last year but his immature signs were all over. That was the nail in the coffin for him in LA. If he act differently he would probably still be a Laker.
Too bad, the kid has talent but his body and head are not in the right place.

 
March 11, 2013  11:54 AM ET

The guy is done. 25 years old and chronic knee issues? Not going to get better.

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