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NBA center court: Andrew Bynum signs with the Indiana Pacers

Andrew Bynum #21 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.
(Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

The strong just keep getting stronger in the NBA. Well, potentially. According to NBA.com on Feb. 1, the Indiana Pacers have announced that they have signed free agent center Andrew Bynum for the rest of the season.

Bynum, who was traded to the Chicago Bulls after signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason, was released by the Bulls. After playing seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and winning two NBA Championships, Bynum once again finds himself on a championship contending team. Despite not being quite the same player after missing the entire 2012-13 regular season due to knee problems, Bynum brings more size and championship experience to the Pacers.

Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said in a statement, "we are obviously happy to have him join our team. He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition."

The 7-1, 285-pound Bynum may be best served as a backup center now in the NBA. It is a role he is willing to accept and has to accept on a team that already has a player like Roy Hibbert.

"It really wasn't a hard decision, I think it's the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we've got the best chance of willing," said Bynum. "It will be great to back up Roy and I'll do whatever I can to help this team."

In 24 games this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Andrew Bynum averaged 8.4 points per game with 5.3 rebounds. With that contribution off the bench, the Indiana Pacers will be a hard team to beat.