It's pretty safe to say that the Sixers have been duped in that blockbuster Dwight Howard-Andrew Bynum deal. Though, Dwight Howard's time in LA was no picnic either. It seems, Sam Hinkie would possibly consider re-signing Bynum, as he's stated in his introduction that there were two advantages to bringing back Bynum. While he's still technically under contract with the team, they can still talk and possibly work out some sort of short-term deal before free agency begins in July, or they could try to outbid other teams when free agency begins.
There would seem to be more risk to outbidding than trying to work out a short-term deal to see if he's the piece they need in the center. In this case, it will be hard to just let Bynum walk. It's not everyday you have an All-Star center on the free agent market. Though, good serviceable centers like Dwight Howard, and Al Jefferson are set to hit the market once free agency begins.
If you were to bring back Bynum, what kind of deal would you give him? one-year? two-year? three-year? I think the best deal to settle his kind of dilemma would be to offer a two-year deal with the second year being a team option. It's easy to talk length, but what about the overall salary? How much are you willing to offer? I think $18 million for the first year and $25 million for the second year, if the team decides he's worth coming back after his first year of course. Then again, the big concern that outshines all of this is, How strong will his knees be? How long will they hold?Sure, there may be attitude and issues on effort, but when healthy, Bynum is a productive player and will give you a good amount of points in the paint.
If the Sixers can somehow manage to work out a deal that will make both sides happy, then make it happen. It's going to be hard to believe a team will be quick to throw a max contract at him after many reports the team has received on his knees, which is in a degenerative state. The word "degenerative" itself gives me the fear of offering him a contract at all. But there's been many theories to why Bynum probably didn't play.
Would he have played if we were an actual contender for a championship? Did he not want to play for a loser? Those are questions that lots of fans ponder. But, if Bynum is willing to play, and accept a short-term deal and even play on nights while in minor pain, sign him up. Finally, I must say that it will look sad on the Sixers part, if they let him walk and he plays at an All-Star level on another team.
Whether Bynum plays or not, they're still not a real contender for a championship. They may make it to the Conference finals, but still wouldn't be talented enough to take out Miami with ease and a team in the finals. With great chemistry, the sky is the limit, that's why you bring back Bynum.