Andrew Bynum won’t play a single game this season.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that Bynum, who has been riding the bench this year due to an injury, will have anthroscopic surgery this week and will miss the remainder of the season.
Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo said:
“After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point. We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward.”
According to USA Today, the surgery will be conducted by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
Bynum was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Sixers in August and the team expected him to be ready for the season opener. At the time, Bynum had been diagnosed with a simple bone bruise.
Sixers President Rod Thorn said: “Well, no one anticipated that this would happen, that Bynum wouldn’t be able to play any — so far he hasn’t played any games … No one was anticipating that. We were hopeful that he might be able to play when the season started, then it’s been a series of things and he hasn’t been able to play. That’s been tough. We’ve got a bunch of good shooters that would have fit, I think, pretty well around him.”
Bynum won’t be able to play this year and he could be looking for a new team next season. Bynum, who is making $16.9 million this season, will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Bynum had one of the season’s of his career during his last year with the Lakers. He averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, both career highs, and made his first All-Star team.