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Rich Get Richer: Pacers Sign Andrew Bynum

Indiana Pacers Press Release:

The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have signed free agent center Andrew Bynum to a contract for the remainder of the season.

The 7-1, 285-pound Bynum played seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and was part of their 2009 and 2010 NBA Championship teams. He was traded by the Lakers to Philadelphia in August, 2012, but missed the 2012-13 regular season with knee problems. He was signed this season as a free agent by Cleveland, played 24 games (8.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game) and was traded to Chicago, who released him.

“We are obviously happy to have him join our team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition.”

“It really wasn’t a hard decision, I think it’s the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we’ve got the best chance of winning,” said Bynum. “It will be great to back up Roy and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”

Bynum will join the Pacers sometime next week.

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It should be noted, Bynum’s knees have not suddenly and miraculously gotten better, nor will his somewhat infamous attitude issues evaporated, but Bynum will not be under the same pressure to perform or play significant minutes in Indiana.  The chance to win another NBA Championship, even if it is watching from the bench, should be enough to keep the big man happy at this point.

As usual in the NBA, the rich get richer and Bynum can help the most dominate team in the post look just as imposing if Roy Hibbert  gets in foul trouble or needs a rest and he may give the Pacers a bit more offensive punch than Ian Mahinmi, however, as this is depth move, the under the luxury tax Pacers get insurance and size on the cheap.

The real underlying reason for Bird to do this may be to keep Bynum away from the HEAT in the playoffs and nothing more.