Officially off the Bynum-Bandwagon

After reading this:

Andrew Bynum (knee) has been unable to do any basketball activities since last Friday.

Bynum made some headlines when he finally practiced for the first time as a Sixer six days ago. It appears that his knee has not responded well as he hasn't been able to build on that progress. Bynum also skipped a scheduled media session on Tuesday. There are some whispers in Philadelphia that the only reason Bynum hasn't officially been shut down for the year is because his status updates are the only thing keeping the reeling Sixers in the news. For what it's worth, the ex-Laker has been claiming he will play at some point in the next 1 1/2 months. (Rotoworld Player News, 28.02.13).

and especially this...

Bynum's recent MRI has shown "degeneration" in his knees, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Spin: In essence, degeneration means that his knees will never be back to full strength. Bynum, who averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last season with the Lakers, may show flashes of his old self when he returns, but it will be a level of play that he is unlikely to be able to sustain for long periods of time. If the reports of his MRI results are true, then we might expect him to have a decrease in minutes when he's back to keep his knees healthy.

... I am officially off the Bynum-bandwagon. Actually, I'm an all-out supporter of either letting him walk and a) keeping the cap space and rebuilding through the draft, b) seeing if we can find another impact player via a sign and trade, or c) trying to sign one of the marquee free agents out there (preferably anybody, but Josh Smith) who don't have an injury history (yet...). All in all I really believe that re-signing Bynum to a max contract during the off-season would kill our franchise for the next half decade. Basically we would be good whenever he is able to play, and pretty bad whenever he's resting his knees (which will be a lot, if the report stated above is anywhere near the truth). Hence, we'd be stuck in mediocrity for what seems like eternity.

I say we (should) make a clean cut and end the Bynum experiment before it's too late. What do you guys say?

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