Andrew Bynum Comments on Possible Return to NBA

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 3, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers' Andrew Bynum before an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Former All-Star center Andrew Bynum has been out of the NBA since suiting up for the Indiana Pacers two years ago, but TMZ caught up with the big man Thursday and asked him about the prospects of a potential return to the professional hardwood. 

Although he answered in the affirmative when the reporter asked if he was retired, Bynum said, "Anything is possible," when probed regarding a potential comeback. 

Bynum was on track to ascend into a tier of stardom after averaging 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds during a breakout 2011-12 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but his career spiraled out of control after he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Although his arrival was met with enthusiasm by the Philadelphia faithful, Bynum never suited up in a single game for the Sixers as he battled chronic knee problems. 

Bynum then latched on with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he only appeared in 26 games for the Wine and Gold before he was traded to the Chicago Bulls and released.

A half-season stint with the Pacers following the 2014 trade-deadline shuffle produced a grand total of two appearances, and Bynum has been out of the NBA ever since. 

Before Thursday, the 28-year-old's name mostly recently surfaced in 2015 when the Sixers tried to receive payments from the Lakers for "allegedly misinforming them" about the condition of the big man's knees, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey.   

With Bynum now stigmatized because of his inability to stay on the floor, his career appears over even if he's leaving the window for a return cracked open ever so slightly.