Will Bynum’s deal in Detroit is for two years, $5.75 million.
Will Bynum made $3.25 million per year in his last contract, so this is a slight pay cut, which makes sense, because Bynum is now on the wrong side of 30 and relies on his athleticism to get a first step on defenders. Still, this contract is probably a little more expensive than Bynum is worth.
Jeff Teague and Brandon Jennings are definitely better players and also free agents, but they’re restricted and would be much more costly. Either of them would have pushed Brandon Knight or Rodney Stuckey to shooting guard or the bench, but Bynum slides in as a No. 2 or No. 3 point guard (depending whether Knight or Stuckey is playing shooting guard).
This move doesn’t come with the chance of making the Pistons dramatically better, like Teague and Jennings would have provided, but it also makes me very happy. Though the Pistons need better starting guards and re-signing Bynum might hinder them from getting one, I’ve grown to really like Bynum, who always plays hard and plays with a passion. If every Piston brought his mindset, they’d be better off.
All else aside, I – and most fans – want to enjoy watching our favorite team play. Josh Smith should make watching the Pistons next season more enjoyable, and so should Bynum.