Will Bynum will stick with the franchise that he's played with for all but one year of his NBA career, signing a two-year, $5.75 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.
Bynum's ceiling is pretty much as a backup point guard, but he's not a bad one and the price is good for that spot. The 30-year-old averaged 9.8 points per game in only 18.8 minutes of playing time last season, just a tad off of his career high. The starting point guard on Georgia Tech's 2004 runner-up squad isn't much of a shooter, but at 6'0 -- if that -- he's got speed, and also dished out 3.6 assists in his limited court time.
The Pistons backcourt already lost Jose Calderon, the most expensive player on the team's roster last year, when he signed a 4-year, $28 million dollar deal with the Dallas Mavericks. They still have Brandon Knight, who's a point guard but has looked more to score in his first two years in the NBA, and Rodney Stuckey, who averaged 11.5 points primarily off the bench. Those two, or perhaps Kyle Singler, will likely be the starters in the backcourt.
Detroit needs guys capable of getting the ball to young bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond -- and also Josh Smith, whose new $56 million contract also got rid of a good share of their cap space. For that, Bynum's a solid third option at his price.
Bynum's career averages are 8.1 points and 3.2 assists. He is, of course, the lesser of two Bynums on this year's free agent market.