The Indiana Pacers’ meltdown has been one of the biggest stories of the NBA’s second-half and playoffs thus far. After a 33-7 start to the year, the Pacers limped to the playoffs, barely squeaked past the weak 8-seed Atlanta Hawks and lost at home in Game 1 to the Washington Wizards.
Almost quietly, if you recall, the Pacers added Andrew Bynum back on Jan. 31. The excommunicated former Cavs center played in 36 minutes over two games in mid-March, but primarily continued to rehab and get back to a healthy state from his various physical ailments.
Thus far in the playoffs, he has continued to sit on the bench. But now today, the team has confirmed that Andrew Bynum will not play in the remainder of the playoffs and is no longer with the team.
“We want to thank Andrew and our medical staff for trying to get the issues with his knee resolved,” said Larry Bird, the Pacers President of Basketball Operations. “We wish him the best in the future.”
In total, it appears that Bynum will have earned $7 million for the 2013-14 season. Of that, $6 million was from the deal he signed with the Cavs last July. He was traded to Chicago for Luol Deng just before the rest of the deal kicked in, then Indiana reportedly signed him to a $1 million contract.
After not playing at all last season with the Philadelphia 76ers organization, Bynum’s NBA future certainly looks murky. The 26-year-old looked decent in a handful of games this season, but his presence undoubtedly had a factor in the team’s noted #seasonofhuh.