Bynum to finally have knee operation

Andrew Bynum, the Los Angeles Lakers centre who won his second NBA title last week, is to have surgery on his ailing right knee.

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Andrew Bynum, the Los Angeles Lakers centre who won his second NBA title last week, is to have surgery on his ailing right knee. "I'm going to wait to do it [sometime next month] so I can do a proper rehab," Bynum told the media after celebrating the Lakers' championship with a parade in downtown Los Angeles. He tore his lateral meniscus in the first round of the play-offs against Oklahoma City in April but continued to play.

He had his knee drained twice during the play-offs and was with the team when they clinched their 16th championship with a Game Seven win over the Boston Celtics. "All I was thinking was that 'I have to play' and 'I'm going to play'," Bynum, who had his knee drained again this week, said. "I wanted to be a part of it anyway I could." Bynum, who said the injury was not that serious, is expected to have the surgery around mid-July.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have acquired Corey Maggette, a forward and a 2010 second-round draft pick, from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Charlie Bell, a guard, and Dan Gadzuric, a centre. An 11-year NBA veteran, the 30-year-old Maggette averaged 19.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 70 games for Golden State last season. "Corey has been a consistent scorer throughout his career," John Hammond, the Bucks general manager, said."He shoots a solid percentage from the field and has shown the ability to get to the free throw line.

"We're looking forward to having him." * Agencies