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Andrew Bynum Says He Wants To Stay With 76ers Long Term

During his introductory press conference, Andrew Bynum said that he currently hopes to stay with the 76ers past this season.

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76ers unsure about Bynum free agency

The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly don't really know how to handle Andrew Bynum's impending free agency, and the team could be going toward major changes in the team's behind-the-scenes personnel and coaching staff.

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Andrew Bynum Says He's 'Leaning Towards' Staying With 76ers After This Season

New Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum gave his introductory press conference to the media and to 76ers fans on Wednesday, and unlike many other players, he attacked his impending free agency head on when asked about it. Bynum, who has one year left on his contract, declared that he would probably like to stay with the 76ers for the long haul.

"To be honest man, my first experience here has been so great (that) I'm really leaning towards making this my home," Bynum said, via Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick.

After pausing to let the crowd cheer the statement, Bynum continued by saying he's "not a guy who tries to be all around and have a lot of teams on my belt."

Bynum could firmly commit to the 76ers by signing a contract extension now, but the most he could sign for is three years and $60 million. If he elects to wait until the offseason, he can sign a five-year deal for $100 million. It may make more sense, then, for Bynum to wait until he officially becomes a free agent before formally committing to the 76ers long term.

For more on the 76ers, visit Liberty Ballers and SB Nation Philly.


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