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Report: Pacers become latest team to express interest in Andrew Bynum

Jan 12, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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When Andrew Bynum was traded from the Cavaliers to the Bulls and then immediately waived in a move to shed salary, several teams, including the Miami Heat, reportedly expressed initial interest in acquiring his services.

The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers, so Indiana must keep close tabs on any potential personnel changes that may be looming in Miami that could widen the talent gap and put the Heat in a stronger position to reach the Finals for a fourth straight season.

It makes sense, then, that the Pacers have joined the list of interested parties where Bynum is concerned.

The Pacers are such a problem for the Heat because of the size of Roy Hibbert, who dominates in stretches on both ends of the floor when the two teams are matched up. No one on Miami’s roster can legitimately guard Hibbert, and defensively he protects the rim from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade better than just about any of the league’s individual defenders.

Adding another seven-footer in Bynum may push Indiana over the top against the Heat, and on Miami’s side, Bynum (if engaged) could be enough of a counter against Hibbert to lessen the Pacers’ very real threat. The Heat already have Greg Oden, however, who appears to be getting closer to a return and by all accounts has looked very strong in workouts.

Stein also reported that no formal offer has been made by the Pacers, and that’s the way it should remain — unless it appears that the Heat may be getting close to pulling the trigger, at which time Indiana will strongly need to consider the option.

  1. provguard - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Why are these teams honoring what Bynum has done to the Cavs???? NBA, money can’t buy your persona. This guy is poison ivy, let him go to hanging out under the bridge…

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      The guy has 2 championship rings and 3 Finals appearances. Poision Ivy? Tell that to the Lakers. You’re being a bit dramatic.

      • kanemoney - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Mark Madsen has 2 rings as well… would to transport back in time and trade for him as well?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        Adam Morrison does too. The difference between Morrison, Madsen and Bynum is that Bynum was a starter and a KEY contributor. If someone was a real cancer, how can any team win a chip let alone two with someone in such a prominent role? Case closed.

      • jentp25 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        If my memory serves me correct bynum only appeared in 1 finals series (used sparingly due to knee surgery). He was injured for the other 2……… so yeah

      • metalhead65 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        and yet the kobe’s could not wait to get rid of him the first chance they got. the guy is poison and I can only hope the pacers interest is in driving up the price the heat will have to pay his lazy ass.

    • rockerrick - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Bynum is only “poison ivy” to suck teams. On a contender, he may be able to deliver a solid 20 minutes. This is all the Heat would require. After all,the only thing standing in their way from a 3-peat are the Pacers. With Bynum and the Big O, they would dispatch them handily. Without them, it will be a task. Thus, the Pacers are interested not because they will play Bynum but because they would prevent the Heat from doing so. They sound scared…and that is a good thing if you are a Heat fan.

  2. simonwelds - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Pacers and Heat are well oiled machines from the top down, they can get away with a loose screw or two that can contribute 8-10 mins… Either team that lands him will have a distinct advantage in the playoffs…

  3. dolphindubs - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Oden: A player who has had microfracture knees injuries to the point he legitimately should have retired, but loves the game so much that he is rehabbing and fighting as hard as he can just for a chance to get back on a court.

    Bynum: A player who is indifferent to the game and only seems to enjoy the money this game has to offer someone with his abilities.

    Stick with Oden Miami. Whether it works out or not, stick with Oden.

    • savvybynature - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      How do you know Oden’s motivation for attempting his comeback?
      I sure don’t know either, but it’s at least possible that he is just chasing another payday like Bynum. After all, he earned only a fraction of what he could have before being devastated by injuries, so he could probably use the checks.

      • sprint32 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        He knows becasue Oden stated why he is coming back. He said he want to give bbal another try. Oden said he has saved his money and is not doing it for the money. Oden is a multi-millionaire. He is not in need of any check. He has been smart with his funds.

  4. csbanter - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Pacers would be making a mistake to sign Bynum just so Miami doesn’t get him.

    • savvybynature - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Not if they just release him before or give him DNPs throughout the playoffs. He can’t hurt the Pacers if he isn’t suiting up, and he can’t help Miami if he isn’t on their team, so what would be the downside?

      • sprint32 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        The downside is if Bynum is not getting playing time he will be a problem in that locker room. And it also would show Heat that Pacers are really worried about the champs

  5. adoombray - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    “The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers,”

    If you think about it, the basketball media angrily tells teams to suck on purpose if they cant win a ring because tanking, and then they tell us to not bother watching until the ECF because there’s “no question” (except for the part where they ACTUALLY PLAY THE GAMES) only two teams matter.

    I really wish so many people didn’t get paid behind encouraging losing.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      How much you wanna bet bro, how much you want to bet that MIA/IND is gonna be the ECF matchup? Put your money where your mouth is. This aint the Western Conference where almost anything can conceivably happen. There might as well be only 2 teams in the East.

      • onlyavoice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        DUHHH, you just figure that out

      • adoombray - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        I am tired of a sports culture that values losing so you can get ping pong balls in a non fixed lottery while NBA owners try to sell us a league of competition. It’s not even the All-star break. Some day, a team is gonna stick with their guys and not try to tank and blow away one of these pre fab contenders and it’s going to be hailed as a miracle in sports simply because of the dialogue created by the media.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        adoombray

        Well, I do agree with you 1,000,000.999% on that point. I hate teams tanking on purpose it drives me crazy. It’s such a losers mentality. I swear all you need is a core that’s been around for 3-4 years consistently with the same coach and you got what could be a contender.

        Look at MEM, getting rid of Gay (don’t argue with me that it helped them out as addition by subtraction!! Look at them now, it was momentarily!) and not re-signing Hollins. Now they are just average. Look at IND. They kept the core together and what was once just an afterthought of a team is now a powerhouse. And lets be honest, there really isn’t a lot of “glitz” on that team. They just put in a lot of time together with their coach. Same thing with SAS.

    • sprint32 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      The downside is if Bynum is not getting playing time he will be a problem in that locker room. And it also would show Heat that Pacers are really worried about the champs

    • sprint32 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      The media doesnt encourage tanking, they expose it. And no network is telling you not to watch games that they broadcast. Stop making up ish. You sound dumb!

  6. apkyletexas - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    @Pollakoff – “The East is unquestionably going to come down to a battle between the Heat and the Pacers”

    —————-

    You might want to talk to the 2012-2013 Oklahoma Thunder about being “assured” of a spot in the conference finals based on their record at the halfway point.

    Or the 2011-2012 Chicago Bulls.

    Or about a hundred other NBA teams who were in 1st or 2nd place at the halfway point in any of the last 67 seasons.

  7. jbeagles23 - Jan 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    You are a superior franchise when the team chasing you is interested in a player just because you are.

  8. 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    That would be a good look, Indy. I hope it happens. SOMEBODY needs to keep the Heat from waltzing into the Finals. This would help the Pacers even more, even if it’s just to spell Hibbert for 15 min.

  9. mungman69 - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    You can have Bynam. What a cancer.

    • apkyletexas - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Seems to me that that “cancer” was the starting center in back-to-back championship seasons not too long ago…

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Well then give me cancer! But who’s Bynam?

  10. onlyavoice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Pacers are scared of the Heat & that’s understandable, It’s a toss up this season.
    They should be more concerned about the West’s opponent, like The Thunder, who devoured them twice.
    As for the Heat, Indy is their only concern. Miami will beat any team in the west.
    As is as of right now I definitely go with the Heat to win the ECF’s. Game 2 showed how much the Heat still get into the Pacers head & cause them to foul easily.
    As for Bynum, He knows he’ll play with the Heat, & as another poster said, the Pacers just have to sign him & then never let him play, I think Bynum can see that coming also.

  11. onlyavoice - Jan 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Bynum was supposed to have signed with a team by last Friday.
    His agent stated that Bynum may sign with a team who is NOT a contender.
    Why hasn’t Bynum signed? He wants a contract that goes through next season also.
    The Heat & Pacers aren’t doing that & neither are the Clips.
    I have been waiting all weekend to see any signing (Heat Fan), then I had to go back & read his statement again. The guy wants some guaranteed money & not just for the remainder of this season (Bynum may not sign with a contender), Then WHO?

  12. fearthehoody - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Andrew Bynum has yet to express interest in Andrew Bynum

  13. miamatt - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    The Heat have never expressed any interest in Bynum. Bynum’s own agent has said the Heat never called. The Heat allowed the contracts for both Beasley and Roger mason Jr. to become fully guaranteed.

    Not happening. I doubt the Pacers sign him either.

  14. 32magicman - Jan 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Hopefully larry bird can help this fool if he goes to Indiana.
    He wont put up with any of his b.s.!

  15. chadley71 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    This might be a good thing for the pacers to do, sign bynum and his circus and package him in a 3 team deal so the pacers can get Asik as an offensive backup for hibbert, mahini is there for defense purposes anyway.bynum dont want to play because yes he is a cancer, let him sit behind howard.

    • miamatt - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Sounds like a great trade for Houston!

  16. stayhigh_247 - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    I’m a Laker fan, so I absolutely get why people covet Drew for his skill set, but…Why would you risk poisoning your locker room with this guy? Hibbert is by far best true 5 in the game, sorry Dwight. If I were scouting his backup I would call Jason Collins up for a tryout before bringing in a guy who’s heart isn’t always in it. Are they just tryna keep him out of Miami?

  17. ranfan12 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Hey I think he might be a somewhat decent substitute to get hibbert some rest. His stats aren’t too far from hibbert’s oddly lol. Wish he would show some more enthusiasm though. Seems like yesterday when he got the step on shaq and slammed it home :/

  18. stephenolszewski - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Pacers are doing just fine without him, he’s nothing but a toxin to any locker room at this point. Only team I see him making a little sense would be San Antonio. It’s a half court offense but that defense would be so much slower then it already is.

  19. antistratfordian - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Pacers scurred

    • dexterismyhero - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      And while you said that LeBron just flopped at a Wal-Mart!!!

  20. knoxxlive - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Yea let Bynum go to the heat, I’m sure you’ll see headlines saying “Lebron & Bynum bump heads in the locker room” lebron will set his ass straight and if not he still not a total waste of time cuz at the end of the day it’s still MIAMI and no it won’t be Miami and Indy in the ECF I bet whoever

  21. davidly - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    Personally, I’d rather see Oden in his hometown, and I like Bynum.

    I think people misunderstand the nature of his lack of desire. Here’s a guy who came out of highschool as what turns out to have been the last-hurrah project in the Hollywood of Basketball. He always seemed somewhat blasé about the game itself, but win he was playing well, he also seemed happy.

    Now, he’s been seeking paydays that–what too many fans don’t seem to realize–one needs to insure being able to get the top-notch medical attention he is going to need not just to play–but after he retires, he’ll need just to walk with less pain. Newsflash, fans: this sh** hurts.

    If he were to sign with either Miami or the Pacers, it would signal that he wants to win something as well. Just because he complained about his use in Cleveland, doesn not mean he’s so stupid as to think that he’d be getting a lot of time in Indiana. And Bird is not going to sign him without talking to him first. Ditto Riley.

    And if the Heat sign him, logic says it’d be to somehow counteract how the Pacer’s operate on D with Hibbert. But hasn’t Miami already shown that their offense can do that already? It seems to me–and, again, I am a fan of Bynum–but it seems to me that you may as well stack sandbags around the restricted line. The Heat know where their bread is buttered; and that’s what it’s gonna come down to–a couple of minutes of Naptown GO, notwithstanding.

  22. cheathamhouse1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Bynum does not appear to be the most motivated competitor, but he has days where he plays well and for that reason (coupled with his size), he could be an asset for the Heat vs. the likes of Hibbert. However, he seems to want lots of $$ and I’m not sure if the two are even considering each other. Question: Why don’t the Heat play Oden at east 8-10 minutes a game?

  23. cruzan80 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    They should sign him if for no other reason than to keep him away from the Heat. Common sense really. Why allow the risk of him joining the one team that you think can stop you in the playoffs?

  24. woodrree7 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Why???? The dude is done….. Broke down…… Stick a fork in him and his career!!! Oh, and he just plain SUCKS!!!

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