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Pacers sign Andrew Bynum

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Andrew Bynum is back doing things on the court.   (USATSI)
Andrew Bynum headed to Indiana? (USATSI)

UPDATE 10:27 a.m. Feb. 1: The Pacers have made it official.

The Pacers are closing in on adding even more size to their already impressive frontline.

According to ESPN.com, the Pacers are planning to sign center Andrew Bynum, who was recently waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bynum, 25, spent last season with the 76ers but didn't appear in a single game due to injury. He played in 24 games for the Cavs, averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, but had some issues with the roster and coach Mike Brown, which led to him being suspended, and eventually waived.

Why the Pacers, though? With Roy Hibbert and Ian Mahinmi already in place, where does Bynum fit? Here's my theory: They did it just to keep him away from the Heat.

It's a bit of a risk for a team that's sitting atop the East with a 35-10 record, especially considering Bynum's recent past and character questions. Could he offset and upset a tight locker room with his shenanigans? Larry Bird and the Pacers must be confident in their culture and atmosphere to be able to handle it.

But hopefully now the Eastern Conference Finals can give us the matchup we all want to see: Andrew Bynum versus Greg Oden.

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