Originally written on NBA Injury News  |  Last updated 10/29/14
Is Andrew Bynum's career in Philadelphia over before it ever started?Despite the free-agent center possessing the potential to be a max-contract player, the Sixers never got to know just where he would fit within the team's franchise due to injuries to both knees.Until Bynum gets back on the court, the question will always rear its ugly head. Was trading for Bynum the right move for the Sixers?Bynum, when healthy, is one of the few franchise-altering big men in the NBA. Although his injury history was a risk it was one worth taking considering his ability to help transform a team from a playoff team to a contender.He's still only 25, and he's still arguably has the potential to be one of the top players in his position in the league. How patient are the 76ers and their fans to give him a second chance? Resigning the big man this offseason will depend on a few factors including how much money he demands. I absolutely would not sign him to a long-term deal, but a short-term contract could be worth the investment.Despite the clouded future of Bynum, new Philadelphia Sixers GM, Sam Hinkie says, finding a new coach is his first priority rather than the resigning of Bynum."The way I think about the coaching search is getting the right coach for this franchise at this time period," Hinkie added. "I think everything should be focused on that. I come in with a real bent to be methodical and diligent, to turn over every rock and think about things from all angles first."In saying that, the prospect of opening negotiations with Bynum is exciting for Hinkie and the Sixers franchise.“I think of Andrew like the thousands of other young men that are walking around the world that are unrestricted free agents, that have potential to play NBA basketball, and he is one of those,” Hinkie said.One thing is for certain, the signing a new coach along with the discussions of Bynum’s future should make for an eventful offseason for the Philadelphia faithful.Follow @hoopsinjurynews
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