Will Bynum is coming off one of his better seasons for the Detroit Pistons so why wouldn’t the Pistons want to keep him? Why would Bynum want to stay?
In both cases, it’s a matter of moving on and trying to start something new. Bynum has been a part of the Pistons during the rebuilding period and has usually been an effective player from off the bench. He’ll probably resume that role for 2013-14 either with the Pistons or someone else.
He’s undoubtedly tired of playing for a team drenched in the youth movement and hungry to play for a winner while he’s still got some good days left. Bynum should have six to eight years left in the league.
The Pistons meanwhile, realize Bynum is not an instrumental part of their future like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight. For that reason, they are not all that thrilled about investing that much in his future
But Bynum still does some awfully good things for the Pistons or any team, and it’s likely he can still deliver.
It’s likely, however, some other NBA team needing a third guard will go after him. Last season, Bynum averaged 9.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while averaging 18.8 minutes of floor time . More minutes will mean more statistics from Bynum.
The Pistons should not close the door on Bynum, but it may be too late. There’s no reason for him to keep the door open to them since it’s unlikely the Pistons will be contending for an NBA title any time too soon.