Andrew Bynum has found a new home, and it’s with the Indiana Pacers.
The troubled big man will be paid $1 million for the remainder of the season, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN and will serve as a backup to All-Star Roy Hibbert.
Bynum, 25, spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers but did not appear in a single game. In 24 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, the two-time NBA champion averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, playing just under 20 minuets per contest. Issues with the roster and the coaching staff caused the eventual demise of Bynum in Cleveland. He was suspended indefinitely from the team before they opted to waive him.
There was speculation that the Pacers were pursuing Bynum just to keep him away from the rival Miami Heat, the team that defeated Indiana in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last June. Team President Larry Bird, however, has denied the rumors.
“I’ve heard that but we don’t do that. We don’t have the money to throw around to bring guys in and let them sit on the bench just because somebody else wants them. I don’t know who came up with that, but that’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Star Paul George is confident that Bynum’s presence will be a positive one with the Pacers.
“We’ll know right off the bat if he’s going to be committed to us or not,” he told Candace Buckner. “It won’t be a problem, I don’t think.”