Bynum says he could make Pacers debut against Sixers

Posted: March 12, 2014

WHEN THE Indiana Pacers come to town Friday night, they will bring some familiar players. Last month, the 76ers sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for a second-round draft choice and the rights to forward Danny Granger, whom they ultimately waived. So Friday will be the first time Turner and Allen return to the Wells Fargo Center as visitors.

But it could be another former Sixer who will elicit the most reaction. Andrew Bynum - remember him? - might make his debut with Indiana on Friday.

After not getting re-signed by the Sixers after a season in which he didn't hit the court once, Bynum was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason. He played 24 games with Cleveland, averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in 20 minutes, before falling out of favor there and being traded to the Chicago Bulls, who immediately waived him. He signed with Indiana on Feb. 1, but hasn't played in a game because of his chronically sore knees.

"Philadelphia is definitely a possibility," Bynum told Candace Buckner, of the Indianapolis Star, this weekend. He also said he's "probably at 80 percent but good enough to go."

It all sounds so familiar, doesn't it?

Indiana grabbed Bynum undoubtedly to use him as a relief during the playoffs for starting center Roy Hibbert, particularly if the Pacers play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. The once-promising career of the 7-footer has come to that, because of his ever-ailing knees.

- Bob Cooney

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