NBA roundup: Bynum to go to Germany for knee procedure

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Andrew Bynum, acquired last week by the Philadelphia 76ers from the Lakers in the four-team deal that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, plans to have a nonsurgical procedure on one or both of his surgically repaired knees next month in Germany.

Bynum is expected to visit Peter Wehling, who founded the Center for Molecular Orthopedics in Dusseldorf, for joint treatment in which injections of the patient's own blood are used to help speed creation of anti-inflammatory proteins.

Bynum has undergone surgery on both knees.

The procedure is gaining popularity with U.S. athletes though it's not yet known to be available from American doctors. Former teammate Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill and Alex Rodriguez are known to have had the same procedure.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens had a similar treatment using platelet-rich plasma to promote rapid healing of his surgically repaired anterior cruciate ligament.

--The Bulls named Brian Hagen assistant general manager.

Hagen joined the Bulls following nine years with the New Orleans Hornets and replaces Matt Lloyd, who joined the Orlando Magic as assistant general manager in June.

Hagen was the Hornets' player personnel director last season and previously worked in multiple roles, including video coordinator, in New Orleans.

---The Houston Rockets reached an agreement with free agent guard Carlos Delfino on a two-year contract, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The second year of the deal has a team option.

Delfino, 29, averaged 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for the Milwaukee Bucks in his seventh year in the NBA.

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