Pacers sign Andrew Bynum

The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have signed free agent center Andrew Bynum to a contract. Bynum’s deal with the Pacers will run though the end of the season.

The 7-1, 285-pound Bynum played seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2012. Knee issues forced him to miss the entire season and he headed to the Cleveland Cavilers this season before they traded him to the Chicago Bulls who later 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.”

Bynum will join the Pacers sometime next week.

“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.”