Feb 7, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Andrew Bynum watches from the in dress clothes during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Portland 118-113 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Andrew Bynum could debut for Indiana Pacers Friday

Andrew Bynum has not played in a game since December 26.

In January, he was dealt from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for forward Luol Deng. Bynum was subsequently waived by the Bulls.

Several teams showed interest once Bynum became a free agent, but he decided to join the Indiana Pacers as a potential backup to Roy Hibbert in hopes of winning a third championship (Bynum won two rings with the Los Angeles Lakers).

The Pacers wanted to ease Bynum and his bad knees into their team.

According to Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star, Bynum could make his Pacers’ debut Friday.

Andrew Bynum could make his debut with the Indiana Pacers soon.

On Sunday, Bynum said that he hopes to be “cleared to play next week,” believing that he could be on the floor by Friday, March 14 when the Pacers play in Philadelphia. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the team planned to re-evaluate Bynum after the road trip.

“We’ll see after (Sunday’s) game goes and then we’ll probably meet about it (Monday),” Vogel said, “and try to come up with a firmer plan.”

Bynum averaged 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in 24 appearances for the Cavaliers this season.

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