Pacers Sign Bynum For Rest of Season

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Andrew Bynum

February 1, 2014 Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (21Alive) - The Indiana Pacers signed free agent center Andrew Bynum to a contract "for the remainder of the season" on Saturday.

Bynum, 26, is in his 7th NBA season. Earlier this season, he played 24 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls released him.

"I think it’s the right fit for me," Bynum said in a statement from the Pacers. "“It will be great to back up Roy and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”

The 7'1" Bynum was drafted 10th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2005 draft. He spent seven seasons in L.A., winning world championships in 2009 and 2010.

He was traded in 2012 to the Philadelpia 76ers, but missed the entire season with a knee injury.

For his career, Bynum has averaged 11.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

"With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition," Pacers team president Larry Bird said in the statement. "He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per Pacers policy.

Bynum is expected to join the team sometime next week.

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