Bynum has had surgery on both of his knees in the past, but the procedure in Germany is simply a precautionary measure. Per Mitchell's report, it's similar to the procedure Kobe Bryant went through to guard against the wearing down of his knees as he aged.
Bynum, who was just traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, enters his contract year next season and is generally expected to test free agency in 2013.
Bynum is largely considered the second-best center in the NBA. Not only is he just 24 years old, but he's also coming off the best season of his career, averaging a career-high 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 2011-2012.
Of course, not everything is sunshine and daisies with the one-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.
Bynum's squabbles with the Los Angeles Lakers last season were well documented. He was benched by head coach Mike Brown against the Golden State Warriors in the regular season for hoisting up an ill-advised three-point attempt. He also was criticized in the playoffs for allowing opponents to score too easily in the paint.
This is personally a huge season for Bynum. If he plays at the same level he did last season, he figures to make a lot of money come free agency. With franchise centers being so prized in the NBA, a second straight dominant season would do a lot for his already high stock.
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