5 Reasons Why Indiana Pacers Signing Andrew Bynum Was a Bad Move
The Indiana Pacers Made a Huge Mistake Signing Andrew Bynum
Saturday morning, the Indiana Pacers made it official that they had signed free agent center Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season. The team was reportedly very interested in him and close to a deal Friday night, and Saturday they made it a done deal.
Bynum, 26, spent the beginning of this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being signed on a 2-year deal during the offseason. A year ago, he rode the bench -- in a suit -- for the Philadelphia 76ers after undergoing knee surgery and taking extra time to recover. Bynum did not suit up for a single game in Philly, and the 76ers were just fine letting him go.
After struggling to find his place on the Cavs, Cleveland traded him to the Chicago Bulls for forward Luol Deng. They also sent a couple of picks to Chicago – which shows what Cleveland thought of the big man. Chicago then released him immediately in order to clear more cap space to add players via free agency this summer.
Since being released by the Bulls, Bynum has seen some intrigue from up to five teams, according to ESPN’s report. Those five teams also included the Miami Heat, who boast an improving Greg Oden down low as well. Though Larry Bird swears the move wasn’t to keep Bynum away from Miami, I am not buying it whatsoever.
The move is a curious one, the way I see it. Indiana has a lot going for them, and chose to bring in a question mark. He’s seen four different teams in just seven years in the pros, and Indiana will now be his fifth. There are several reasons why I don’t see this being a smart move for Indy, but here are the top five.
5. No Real Signs of Improvement
Following missing the entire 2012-2013 campaign, Bynum hadn’t shown any real signs of improving based on his tenure with the Cavs. In 24 games with Cleveland, he averaged just 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes. While that’s not bad, it’s not incredible. Can he even get back to half of the player he once was?
4. Shows Worry Over Miami Heat
This move, despite what Bird may say, was to keep Bynum away from the Heat – period. They knew that the Heat were the absolute perfect team for him, due to the fact that if you’re playing with LeBron James, you better be giving 100 percent. He makes anyone better, and the Pacers were afraid.
3. Unsure About Basketball Future
The guy contemplated retirement within the last few months, is that the type of player you want on your team? You are arguably the best roster in the game right now, but choose to bring in a kid who didn’t know six months ago if he’d ever play again?
2. No Work Ethic
Bynum, historically, has been a guy who is pretty nonchalant about his basketball career – a prime example would be the previous point. He’s been notoriously lazy and more of a cancer to his teams. Four teams have officially held Bynum on their roster now, and all four teams were perfectly happy moving on from him. Indiana wanted that kind of player?
1. ‘If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It’
So, the Pacers are the top team in the East and look like they could be the best team in the NBA this season. They want to bring in a guy with all of the aforementioned issues? That seems completely ludicrous to me.
All I have to say is, good luck Indiana.