Indiana Pacers waive Andrew Bynum, Larry Bird says good bye


The Indiana Pacers has announced that center Andrew Bynum will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs and will not be with the team, NBA official website reported.

“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved,” Pacers President Larry Bird said in a released statement. “We wish him the best in the future.”

The Pacers signed him as a free agent Feb. 1 for $1 million. Despite Bird’s public protestations, this was really a signing designed to keep Bynum away from the Heat or another team that might use him against the Pacers in the playoffs (at the time of the signing that was a concern).

Bynum’s future in the NBA is rather bleak and uncertain, as he has serious knee issues.

His chances in Cleveland and Indiana largely went poorly — he can do some things still on the court but he can’t really get and stay on the court, according to ProBasketballTalk.

“Bynum is big and skilled, thus some team may give him a small, non-guarantee contract, maybe even a training camp invite. But the days of investing in Bynum are gone,” says ProBasketballTalk.

Who knows, Bynum could still play several years outside of the NBA, in CBA (Chinese Basketball Association), or somewhere in Europe.


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