There had been reports swirling that free agent center Andrew Bynum was close to signing with the Indiana Pacers. Now, after a Friday night meeting with his agent and Pacers officials, Bynum and the Pacers have officially agreed to terms on a deal that brings the former 10th overall pick to the Eastern Conference leaders.
The Pacers announced the signing on Saturday morning.
“We are obviously happy to have him join our team,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird in a statement on the team’s official website. “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.”
Bynum became a free agent after being released following a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls.
Bynum admits that choosing his new home was a difficult decision, but he ultimately decided to go where he had the best chance at winning.
“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.”