Finally, some (alleged) thoughts from Andrew Bynum on being traded to this city where we all love brothers. Or something.
Sources close to Andrew Bynum say he is beyond thrilled about the situation in Philadelphia. He’ll get the chance to be his own star, be the focal point of the team and remain in the discussion as an All-Star starter.
Bynum is in the final year of his deal and, like all of the names on this list, is not signing a contract extension. The 76ers say they are OK with the risk, because they feel they acquired a marquee center that will stay long-term.
Unless the wheels completely come off the franchise, a new deal for Bynum is almost assured because those that know him say he will not leave the money on the table to walk away and Philly has been given some level of assurance that Bynum is OK with what this new situation means for him. There have been no “commitments” made, but like Chris Paul and the Clippers, the 76ers understand where they stand with Bynum long-term.
Two things: BYNUM DOESN’T HATE OUR CITY… according to the report. Also, this is the first we’ve heard that there is an understanding between Bynum and Sixers that a long-term deal will likely get done. Last week, the Sixers front office and Doug Collins wouldn’t go that far– they simply said that nothing had been agreed to and it was a risk worth taking (paraphrasing).
As our own Matt Hammond pointed out on Friday, both Bynum and the Sixers will likely want to wait until the season ends to get a deal done, because Bynum can get more money and years by becoming a free agent and the Sixers can take his knees and goofiness for a test drive.
Might be a slow today here on CB– working on a longer post for later, one that you'll probably want to read while wearing a hazmat suit.