Kevin Pelton of ESPN rated the offseason’s worst moves, and the Pistons signing Will Bynum made the list:
It’s hard to complain about a contract this small. The issue isn’t so much the money or Bynum, a useful reserve the past few seasons in Detroit, as it is the roster crunch it created. When the Pistons subsequently signed Chauncey Billups, it created a logjam in the backcourt and put Detroit’s roster at 16 players, including second-round pick Tony Mitchell.
The Pistons waived 2012 second-round pick Kim English Thursday before his contract became guaranteed. Detroit also will have to hope this year’s other second-round pick, Louisville guard Peyton Siva, agrees to play overseas in order to maintain his rights.
I believe Pelton has a point, but I also believe Bynum’s inclusion speaks to how well teams have collectively done this offseason. There just haven’t been as many overly burdensome contracts as usual.
Want to piddle about Bynum pushing out Peyton Siva? OK. There are points on both sides – Siva has more upside, and Bynum’s desire is hopefully infectious – but this speaks to the Pistons’ win-now approach.
Tom Gores wants a team that wins now, and he’s directed Dumars to build one. That’s no easy task, but Bynum probably advances the cause, and in that regard, it’s hard to call this a bad signing.