PHOENIX — Andrew Bynum spent all last season showing he was an All-Star talent and done with the durability questions that plagued him throughout his Lakers career.
On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers announced he would undergo surgery to clean out loose cartilage in both knees. It was described as season-ending surgery, though Bynum never played a minute for the 76ers this season.
Bynum, 25, is getting $16.1 million in the last year of his contract. He becomes a free agent in July.
"I'm sure he'll be OK cause he's still young. He's got so much time to play and get contracts," said Metta World Peace, Bynum's teammate with the Lakers for three seasons.
"He played hard. That's the price you've gotta pay when you've won two rings."
Bynum was sidelined because of bones bruises in both knees and then aggravated the left knee during an infamous day of bowling a few weeks into the season.