Andrew Bynum (left) hasn't appeared in any games for the 76ers since being acquired from the Lakers in the Dwight Howard trade. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty)
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum will have season-ending surgery on both knees, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Bynum will go under the knife Tuesday to "clean out remaining debris" in both knees, adds Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia acquired Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason as part of the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade that also involved the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. (Former 76er Andrew Iguodala went to Denver in the trade.)
Although he came into the 2012-13 season with only one year left on his current contract, Bynum was widely seen as the biggest non-Howard asset involved in the trade. Many gave props to Philly for landing a young, interior cornerstone to an already talent-laden team with a bright future.
Instead, Bynum's injury woes
(he had experimental knee surgery in Germany in September
) prevented the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent from ever playing a single minute as a 76er. Meanwhile, his new club has struggled with consistency all season long and currently sits 15 games under .500 and eight games out of the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.