If you’ve been keeping a keen eye on the Andrew Bynum sweepstakes, we finally have a winner.
According to multiple media reports the Indiana Pacers have signed the former Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum for the rest of the season.
Bynum’s play this season has been far from stellar, being both a negative factor on the floor and within the locker room. But the Clippers missed out on a chance to improve the back court for cheap and without being forced to give up a key asset going forward which they’ll likely do if engaged in the trade market in search of a third big. Good or not the potential is still there as Bynum is two years removed from the best season of his NBA career, so that’s a risk the Clippers could have afforded to take.
In regards to the Indy move, I personally like it. Best case scenario is he replaced Ian Mahinmi in the lineup, one who has struggled a bit this season, averaging three points and three rebounds in sixteen minutes of player a night. We all know what Bynum is capable of as a player. But for the Pacers, and unlike the Cavaliers, Bynum doesn’t have to be the guy he was two years ago. Defensively he fits what Indy does at the center position and has exceeded at defending the rim this season (the only thing he’s done well).
Worst-case scenario is Bynum becomes another body on the Pacers bench and they continue to roll with the roster that’s made them one of the best teams this far in the season. It’s the type of risks Larry Bird likes to take as a front office personnel, but there is doubt this relationship will be forced in order to improved Indiana’s championship chances.
For the Los Angeles Clippers the search for a third big man still continues as the trade deadline slowly approaches (February 20).