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Sam Hinkie likes 76ers position in evaluating Bynum

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04:54 PM ET 05.15 | Incoming Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie first must fill the team's head coaching opening, but after that, the majority of attention will go into if he will attempt to re-sign center Andrew Bynum. The big man sat for the entirety of the 2012-13 season with balky knees after he was dealt to the 76ers from the Los Angeles Lakers. While his health could be a reason against re-signing him, Hinkie suggests that Philadelphia is in a good position in making the choice. "The advantage there is that we will have an enormous advantage over other teams in gathering information to make an informed decision," Hinkie said.

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May 15, 2013  05:32 PM ET

Sixers can confirm what everyone else already assumes.....I guess that's a silver lining.

May 15, 2013  05:34 PM ET

Dumb move to throw away good money on an injury prone player, Oden 2.0.

May 16, 2013  01:30 AM ET

Worse case scenario: Bynum walks as a FA, leaving Philly with nothing.

Best case scenario: Bynum resigns with the Sixers, meaning Philly dropped a truck load of money on a massive question mark. Bynum's injury history makes him an enormous gamble for Philly, obviously.

I don't see what Hinkie likes about his situation.

May 16, 2013  02:41 AM ET

1. Bynum signs for big bucks with 76ers, keeps getting injured, and doesn't play that much

2. Bynum signs with someone else, plays great, your doctors and GM look like idiots (Dallas and Steve Nash), and maybe they win an NBA title you should have won (OKC and Tyson Chandler).

3. Bynum signs a one-year deal, plays great, then wants max money, takes his talents elsewhere, and they become instant contenders.

4. Bynum signs a one-year deal, plays great, then wants max money, and 76ers sign him, THEN he gets injured again.

5. He recovers from his injuries, becomes perennial All-Star, but he never quite gets past his boneheadedness.

6. 76ers sign him to a reasonable contract, surrounds him with talent, gets him a Battier-type mentor, he becomes a perennial All-Star, and maybe they seriously contend.

May 16, 2013  06:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

1. Bynum signs for big bucks with 76ers, keeps getting injured, and doesn't play that much2. Bynum signs with someone else, plays great, your doctors and GM look like idiots (Dallas and Steve Nash), and maybe they win an NBA title you should have won (OKC and Tyson Chandler).3. Bynum signs a one-year deal, plays great, then wants max money, takes his talents elsewhere, and they become instant contenders.4. Bynum signs a one-year deal, plays great, then wants max money, and 76ers sign him, THEN he gets injured again.5. He recovers from his injuries, becomes perennial All-Star, but he never quite gets past his boneheadedness.6. 76ers sign him to a reasonable contract, surrounds him with talent, gets him a Battier-type mentor, he becomes a perennial All-Star, and maybe they seriously contend.

Andrew Bynum doesn't want to play basketball. He wants to get paid for being tall and having potential. That way he'll have money for his European vacations, where he can go to soccer games and Flamenco dance.

May 16, 2013  06:20 AM ET

@cjsamms: How my comment got attached to yours is beyond me. It wasn't directed at you. *shrugs*

May 16, 2013  08:53 AM ET

evaluate his brain first LOL!

May 16, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Eddy Curry II.. Once he gets the contract, he'll just stay on the bench and get fat...

May 16, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Somebody doesn't make a lot of sense. Bynum has never had a weight issue. Curry has always battled weight issues.

May 16, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Generally when you are traded from a glamour team like the Lakers to a crap town like Philly, it is not all that exciting to get back to health.

Homie sat that entire season, got paid and now, in free agency, he will get paid again by going to another club.

Houston, Dallas and a few others will be more than happy to pay him, worth it or not.

May 16, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Somebody doesn't make a lot of sense. Bynum has never had a weight issue. Curry has always battled weight issues.

Well, if he gets injured then he will get fat since he would already get the contract. And yes Bynum had weight issues. Why do you think his knees can't hold him up?

May 16, 2013  04:04 PM ET

Cmon Bynum. Lakers hoodwinked & bamboozled the league again by getting rid of damaged goods at just the right time.

May 16, 2013  08:44 PM ET

Dang, I thought they shot lame horses??? Lakers got Howard and Philly got bonked. Cut your loses and let some other sucker team have the phantom center....

May 17, 2013  12:40 AM ET

Bynum is a POS that will not play if he does not have too.

 
May 17, 2013  12:43 AM ET

Bynum said before last season that he has no cartilege in his knee and it won't grow back. He said "myabe in 5 years" doctors will find something that will help his knees!

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