It took only one visit to Philadelphia for new 76ers center Andrew Bynum to declare it is the place he’d like to stay for some time to come.

This is a different stance for Bynum, who, sources had said, would test the free-agent market after the upcoming season.

But in his first appearance as a Sixer,  Bynum said that he is extremely happy with the blockbuster four-team trade involving Dwight Howard that moved him from the Los Angeles Lakers

Bynum, eligible to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, was introduced along with the newly acquired Jason Richardson that was unusual in that it was open to the public.

Fans immediately made Bynum feel welcome to the City of Brotherly Love with chants of “Andrew Bynum! and “Beat L.A.” as he walked to the stage.

Asked if he was considering signing a contract extension with 76ers, Bynum got another roar out of the fans by saying, “To be honest, my first experience here’s been so great, I’m really looking forward to making this my home.”

Bynum averaged career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds last season. He grew up about an hour outside of Philadelphia, in New Jersey.

The 76ers are expected to run their offense through the 7-foot Bynum, which he embraces.

“It’s the next step in my career,” he said. “I’m excited about this team. Seeing them last year, what Doug (Collins) did with them. They’re a young team with a lot of energy.”

Bynum confirm reports that he will undergo an experimental procedure on his knee in Germany. He plans to have the non-surgical treatment, known as Orthokine/Regenokine, in early September.

He has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, but remained healthy last season. Bynum currently is not suffering from any knee injuries, but was impressed with the results Bryant experienced after having the procedure last season.

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