The Pacers have been pretty clear that signing Andrew Bynum wasn’t in an attempt to make sure he didn’t sign with the Heat. But in fact, it was done to strengthen their team. That message was driven home even further in story GM Kevin Pritchard to ESPN’s Colin Cowherd detailing the details surrounding Bynum’s agreement with the Pacers.
While there were multiple teams after Bynum, the Pacers took their time and did their due diligence on Bynum. And it all culminated during a three-hour dinner where Bynum explained to the Pacers why he was worth taking a gamble on.
After a three-hour dinner, the Pacers brass felt assured in adding Bynumto the roster.
Pacers General Manager Kevin Pritchard revealed this detail during a Tuesday morning interview with ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd.
Pritchard said that during the Friday night dinner – which included team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel — Bynum made quite the pitch to join the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.
“He made it perfectly clear,” Pritchard said during the radio interview. “He was like, ‘Look, I want to win a championship , I think I can really help you, and I want to fit in. I’m not coming here to let everybody fit in with me. I got to fit in with everybody else.’
“When he said that I think the thing changed.”
So it seems that Bynum himself wanted to be a Pacer. And if Bynum turns out to be that one last championship piece, you’d have to give the Pacers credit for even being open to taking such a gamble.