Andrew Bynum, the much-heralded center who was expected to anchor the 76ers' renaissance this season, is now out indefinitely due to his injured knees.
Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo made the announcement before Saturday's game. He told reporters that there is now no timetable at all for Bynum's return.
DiLeo said that the team knew Bynum "had some problems with his knees in the past," but both Bynum and the team "expected him to play. It just didn't work out."
"We want to focus on our team now and put this behind us," DiLeo added. "We're still looking big picture, long term."
Since signing with the 76ers, Bynum's effort to get to full health has stalled repeatedly. In October, he went to Germany to receive injections in both of his knees. After returning to the United States, he suffered a bone bruise in his right knee before he could fully return to practive. Then, earlier this month, Bynum injured his left knee while bowling.
Bynum's contract expires at the end of the season. He is eligible to sign a three-year, $53 million extension in February. If there is no deal, he will become a free agent.