Eastern Notes: Bynum, Pacers, Heat

A quick look at the Eastern Conference..

  • The Pacers are a team that highly values and thrives with team chemistry, which would lead many to assume they wouldn’t target a player like Andrew Bynum.  But that might not stop them from pursuing the free agent big man:  ESPN’s Marc Stein (via Twitter) confirms Indiana is a potential suitor, backing up The Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer, who first mentioned the possibility yesterday.
  • Stein says (Twitter link) that the Pacers‘ interest in Bynum is likely motivated more by a desire to keep him off of the rival Heat‘s roster than to tinker with the Pacers’ chemistry.
  • Pacers veteran Rasual Butler was among those who managed to keep his job following last week’s contract guarantee deadline, notes Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “People had written him off,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. “He made up his mind that he wasn’t done yet, that he was going to keep working and keep trying. . . . It’s a good story.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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