By Andy Jasner, For NBA.com
POSTED: Mar 18, 2013 8:24 PM ET
Andrew Bynum will undergo arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday, thus ending a season originally filled with anticipation for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek of the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York.
"After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point," Sixers General Manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor and evaluate his status moving forward."
In the offseason, the Sixers acquired the 7-foot center from the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster four-team, 12-player trade. Philadelphia sent Andre Iguodala to Denver and Nikola Vucevic and Maurice Harkless to Orlando in the deal. Dwight Howard was sent from Orlando to the Lakers in this trade.
But Bynum's knees never healed properly and he has been dealing with bilateral knee bone bruises all season. The two-time All-Star was supposed to make the Sixers a contender in the Eastern Conference, following up on last season's run to the semifinals where they lost to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
In September, Bynum traveled to Germany to receive Orthokine therapy injections in both knees. Bynum soon suffered bone bruises and his return kept getting pushed back. In November, Bynum revealed that he further injured the cartilage in his left knee while bowling.
Now, the waiting game begins for the Sixers.
Bynum, who is earning $16.9 million this season, is an unrestricted free agent.