The Sixers were sold a lemon.

At this point, that's all the Andrew Bynum trade amounts to for the Sixers. An unprecedented welcoming party at the National Constitution Center has resulted in a funky hairdo and a spot at the end of the bench.

The Sixers traded their best defender in Andre Iguodala and three first-round picks (Nik Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a protected 2013 pick) for Jason Richardson and a pair of ailing knees, which rival a man three times Bynum's age.

On the surface, you can't argue it any other way. But there is another side to the deal, one that favors the Sixers. The problem is delayed gratification is like a bad four-letter word for most people.

Here's where the Sixers make out: Bynum could be the second coming of Jeff Ruland, but after this season his $16 million salary comes off the books, giving the franchise room to pursue one of the many available free agents this summer.

Bynum could get top dollar from several other NBA teams willing to take the risk. The Sixers should cut their losses and move on. Which begs the question: was it worth it? Was trading for Andrew Bynum a good move?