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When the Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster four-team trade in the summer of 2012, it was seen as a phenomenal move for all parties involved.
For the Sixers, the trade meant acquiring Andrew Bynum, the league's second-best center (at the time), who figured to instantly make them contenders in a lackluster Eastern Conference.
The Sixers had been stuck in a perpetual state of mediocrity ever since the departure of Allen Iverson, and this move was seen as one that would give the franchise a centerpiece to build around.
Along with Bynum, the Sixers acquired veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson, a quality three-point shooter who figured to help space the floor.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, both Bynum and Richardson ran into major injury trouble. Bynum and Richardson would suit up for a combined 33 games in 2012-13, with Richardson making all of the aforementioned appearances.
Philadelphia's front office provided false hope for fans all season long, releasing ambiguous updates regarding Bynum's health until the team finally announced Bynum would be out for the remainder of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on both of his knees.
Richardson would end up falling victim to a brutal knee injury himself and was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.
To add insult to injury, John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported that Bynum is unlikely to offer the 76ers any sort of hometown discount when he hits free agency this summer.