DiLeo: Surgery among options for Bynum

DiLeo: Surgery among options for Bynum

March 3, 2013, 7:45 pm

WASHINGTON – General Manager Tony DiLeo confirmed prior to the start of the Sixers' game against the Wizards that Andrew Bynum is contemplating arthroscopic surgery.

Bynum particpated in a five-on-five practice with the Sixers nine days ago but experienced swelling and pain in his knee thereafter.

“I think that's an option,” DiLeo said, referencing potential surgery. “He's considering that. He’s talking to the doctors and getting opinions. Hopefully, if he does that, it will help him.”

Bynum has arthritis in both his knees. The arthroscopic surgery would not cure his condition but would “clean out” the cartilage particles he has referred to numerous times over the past few months.

Surgery would put an end to any chance of Bynum playing this season, but with only 27 games remaining, it's looking less and less likely that Bynum will see the floor regardless of what he decides.

“The season is coming to an end,” DiLeo said. “He practiced with us last week and he looked fairly good. It's disappointing for him that he wasn't able to resume another practice and had to pull back from rehab, but what we want is what's best for him and his health.”

DiLeo does not know what direction the franchise will go this summer when the 25-year-old all-star center becomes a free agent. DiLeo is, however, aware that Bynum said on Friday that, if he is healthy, he is certain he will get a new contract from someone.

“That's something we have to rely on the medical staff for,” DiLeo said, referencing future contract negotiations. “He's a free agent, so it's not just our decision. I think he likes it here. I think he's happy here.”

Last summer the Sixers made a splash when they traded for Bynum, who was coming off a season during which he played in 60 of 66 games, averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds. This summer the challenge is to follow up that splash with a plan that pans out.

“First we have to answer the Bynum question,” DiLeo said. “Then there is the possibility with cap room to sign a free agent or agents. I think we have an all-star point guard that we're building around and draft picks. Which direction we will go is what we have to answer.”