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Philadelphia 76ers’ Bynum Is Out Indefinitely With Injured Knees

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum is out indefinitely with bone bruises in both knees and weakened cartilage, General Manager Tony DiLeo said.

“This healing process -- it’s hard to predict. Bottom line is Andrew is out indefinitely,” DiLeo said in a video on the team’s website. “There are no timelines; we just have to wait and see how Andrew reacts to the rehab.”

The 76ers took a chance when they acquired Bynum in August from the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade, DiLeo said.

“At the time of the trade, we had four doctors look at his MRI; we knew it was a calculated risk,” DiLeo said. “We also knew we were getting the second-best center in the league, a franchise-type player. We took that risk.”

DiLeo said Bynum, who may have aggravated his injury when he went bowling recently, has been told not to engage in any activities that could cause stress to his knees.

Bynum is in the final year of his contract that pays him $16.5 million, ESPN said.

Bynum, 25, averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds during the 2011-12 regular National Basketball Association season.

The 76ers (7-6) lost 116-109 last night to the Oklahoma City Thunder (10-4).

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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