Mark Bartelstein, Will Bynum’s agent, still claims client’s contract with Detroit Pistons is worth $10.5 million, despite reports to the contrary

I sent Mark Bartelstein, Will Bynum’s agent, an e-mail hoping to clear up the amount the point guard’s three-year contract is worth. Bartelstein said Bynum will make $3.5 million each season – $10.5 million total. (By the way, I’m glad the contract is flat. It will be only more valuable in future seasons.)

That jives with Marc Stein of ESPN’s report yesterday:

Bynum’s agent Mark Bartelstein said Bynum and the Pistons have agreed to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million.

But the local reports said something different.

Chris Iott of

Bynum has agreed to a three-year contract with the Detroit Pistons. The deal is worth $9.75 million — not the $10.5 million reported by many media outlets — according to a source close to the situation.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Guard Will Bynum agreed to a three-year, $9.75 million deal, according to team sources.

Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press:

The organization confirmed today that Bynum agreed to a three-year deal for $9.75 million.

I’ve asked Bartelstein to clarify his figure – whether it included unguaranteed portions of the contract or incentives. He has yet to respond.

In all likelihood, the $750,000 will make no difference for any potential Pistons move. But in case it does, I’d like to know the correct figure.

More importantly, I’d like to know whose reports to trust in the future.

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