Will Bynum negotiating a contract with his former Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Will Bynum still has a strong connection Israel, where he played before joining the Pistons and where he’ll host a basketball camp this summer. That connection might be so strong that he rejoins his former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv. David Pick of Eurobasket:

A source exclusively informed ‘Eurobasket’ that Bynum, who played for Maccabi between the 2006-2008 seasons, expressed strong interest in and is eager to return to Israel for a so-called ‘remix’, where he would pair up with childhood friend, Jeremy Pargo, creating one of the most talented, fastest and most athletic back court line in Europe, as they will work to win a Euroleague title. ‘Bynum would love to go back to Maccabi if it made sense,’ said a source with knowledge of Bynum’s situation, adding, ‘But I know it would be tough for Maccabi to lose him if/when the lockout ends.’

Bynum aka ‘Bynumite’, for his explosive athletic ability, played the last three seasons in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and still has a signed contract with the organization. However, sources close to the player confirmed that he might be interested in opting out of his contract to join Maccabi. ‘He did love playing overseas and especially with Maccabi and would never turn down an opportunity to go back if it made sense.’

Israeli sources confirmed that Maccabi is negotiating contract terms with an NBA point guard.

This seems like a good move for Bynum.

He makes a below-average NBA salary , and he probably won’t be set for life with just his current contract. A chance to make a little extra money during the lockout makes sense for guys like him.

He’s lived in Israel before, so not only would the culture shock be minimal or non-existent, he’d be moving to a place he enjoyed living before.

Plus, Bynum clearly loves basketball. Even in a league full of the world’s best basketball players, Bynum’s outward joy for playing the game stands well above the pack. I’m sure he’d love to spend more time on the court, even if that means travelling halfway across the globe.


Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News spoke with Mark Bartelstein, Bynum’s agent:

"Will loved his time with Maccabi, and we’re taking it one step at a time," Bartelstein said. "Nothing’s off the board, they treated him great. He’s always talked about wanting to go back to Maccabi at some point in his career."

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