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Pacers announce signing of Andrew Bynum for remainder of the season

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The Pacers locked up a new backup center on Saturday morning which also help limit rival Miami's chances of adding size to their depth before the playoffs.

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The Indiana Pacers made it official this morning when they announced the signing of Andrew Bynum for the remainder of the season. Bynum isn't expected to join the team until next week and likely won't be ready to roll full bore until after the All-Star break.

The Pacers play at home against Orlando on Monday and then at Atlanta on Tuesday which makes the home game against Portland on Friday a logical date for Bynum to first appear in blue and gold. Both Bird and Bynum commented through the organization after finalizing the deal this morning.

"We are obviously happy to have him join our team," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "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."

Bynum showed signs of hanging around Frank Vogel as you notice his transition from "me" to "we" in record time.

"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 winning," said Bynum. "It will be great to back up Roy and I'll do whatever I can to help this team."

Fortunately, I'm not into omens since it has been absolutely dumping rain in Indy since the Pacers released their official announcement.