As reported earlier today and already posted to the site by my co-editor Stephen Ajamie, the Indiana Pacers have signed free agent center Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Bynum, 26, has been a part of three teams in the past season-and-a-half including Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago. Before getting traded to Philadelphia, Bynum was the staple low-post presence for the Los Angeles Lakers for a number of seasons.
The Indiana Pacers signed Bynum for $1 million, according to his agent and multiple sources. Larry Bird, Frank Vogel and Paul George all shared their thoughts on the signing of Bynum, stating anything that can help the team win ballgames is appreciated.
“We are obviously happy to have him join our team,” said Bird, Pacers’ President of Basketball Operations and the man that made the deal happen this morning. “He should be a valuable addition.”
In 2011-12 with the Lakers, Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. He has not played to those standards since, having sat out an entire season with the 76ers due to knee problems and only playing a handful of games in Cleveland.
With the Cavaliers, Bynum did play consistently while averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds earlier this season.
However, Cleveland traded him to Chicago in the early part of January and the Bulls, in turn, released him. Bynum has been a free agent since January 7.
It is assumed Andrew Bynum will battle current Indiana backup center Ian Mahinmi for minutes behind starting All-Star center Roy Hibbert. When healthy, Bynum is certainly a big body down low with a nice offensive game, strong rebounding ability and is capable of disrupting opponents around the basket.
Bynum, standing at 7’1″ and weighing about 285 pounds, is expected to join the Indiana Pacers next week, and may not be available to play in a game for a few weeks.
“It will be great to back up Roy and do whatever I can to help this team,” Bynum said.