5 NBA Teams That Must Gamble on Andrew Bynum's Health in 2013 Offseason

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5 NBA Teams That Must Gamble on Andrew Bynum's Health in 2013 Offseason

Andrew Bynum's tale isn't a tragic one. Not yet. But it most definitely will be, unless one NBA team is prepared to offer him the chance to write a happy ending.

With Bynum suffering yet another setback in his road (cross-country journey?) to recovery, concern regarding his future in the league is mounting.

Upon being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, it was assumed that Bynum, an unrestricted free agent this summer, would re-sign with Philly. A smattering of other offers would roll in during free agency, but the Sixers could and would offer him one year and tens of millions of dollars more than anyone else.

Irony has since reared its ugly head and the Sixers have been left with a supposed superstar who hasn't seen a second of court time this season, at the expense of three key assets (Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic), no less.

As if that wasn't enough, Philadelphia is now tasked with making a potentially lucrative financial decision on a player who may not even play at all this year. Do the Sixers gamble on Bynum yet again and re-sign him, or do they let him walk, take the cap space his departure provides and run? And if they do that, will any other teams be waiting in line, checkbooks open, ready to take the plunge that is getting in bed with Bynum?

At 25 going on 26, standing seven feet tall and with the remnants of his first All-Star selection still attached to his hip, it's safe to assume more than one faction will pursue Bynum.

But which ones can? And which ones subsequently should?

Financial ventures have never been more perilous than they are now, but there are still plenty of convocations with the means, motive and justification behind gambling on Bynum.


*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82Games.com unless otherwise noted

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