If the Twitter rumors are true, and nothing is confirmed until Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says so, then it appears the Indiana Pacers are on the verge of signing free agent Andrew Bynum. Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star is reporting that Bynum and his agent are meeting with Pacers’ president Larry Bird and head coach Frank Vogel this evening.
— IndyStar Sports (@IndyStarSports) February 1, 2014
Bynum was traded to by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng earlier this month and was immediately cut. Wojnarowski’s sources told him Bynum had informed the Cavaliers that he had no desire to play basketball, which lead to the trade.
About Bynum suspension, league source tells Yahoo: “He doesn’t want to play basketball anymore. He never liked it that much in first place.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 28, 2013
If Wojnarowski’s sources and the rumors that Bynum was seeking more than the veteran’s minimum were correct, then it would explain why no other teams scooped him up immediately.
Bynum hasn’t play much since being traded by the Los Angeles Laker in 2012. He sat at all of last season due to multiple knee injuries, then signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Cavaliers in the offseason. He played 24 games with the Cavaliers before being traded, even starting the last 19 of them.
It’s tough to say the Pacers really need Bynum at this point, but if he’s willing to put in the effort and actually wants to play basketball, then having a frontcourt of Roy Hibbert and Bynum is tough to turn down.