The New York Knicks' salary-cap situation is ugly at best. They only have the mini mid-level exception and the veteran's minimum to bring talent to the Big Apple. That means they probably won't make any big additions in free agency. However, there's still needs that the team needs to fill. Clearly Glen Grunwald will be looking for bargains that can fit into what the team is trying to do. Could the Knicks sign Will Bynum to their mini mid-level exception or less this off-season?
Will Bynum is an extremely hard worker who has played the role of coming off the bench and providing instant offense for the Detroit Pistons during most of their youth movement. a spark. Through the years he's developed into a more well-rounded point guard who looks to pass first and get his teammate involved. He basically went from a player who lacked consistency to one who's matured and plays with confidence.
Will Bynum is a 6'0", 185 pound point guard for the Detroit Pistons. He turned 30 years old in January. After suffering in Detroit for the past five seasons the six year NBA veteran is finally a free agent. This season Bynum averaged 8.1 points, 0.7 steals, 3.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game. Could Bynum be the answer to fill the New York Knicks backup point guard position?
Bynum is a player who can score for you or record 20 assists like he did in March 2010 against the Washington Wizards. However, what Bynum is best at is breaking down defenses by driving to the paint and either putting up points or finding open teammates. One of his strengths is his ability to tailor his game around the players he’s playing with.
He’s been a quiet professional who goes about his job and has become a fan favorite in Detroit. Bynum has a team-first attitude and knows that as the point guard he's the floor general responsible for all of the players on the floor.
The fact is, Bynum has never been a star. He's had to play overseas and on 10-day contracts. It's his work ethic that has gotten him to and kept him in the NBA. its that mentality that should most attract New York to Bynum. And lets face it, even though his daughter is happy in school there Bynum might plain be sick of losing in Detroit. At worst he should go to his home town Chicago Bulls and have a chance to win for once.
John Raffel of rantsspots.com reports Bynum might just be ready to move on from Detroit's losing ways.
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.
Let's be honest, this off-season the Knicks are looking for is an additional scoring punch off the bench, additional veterans and a backup to slide behind Raymond Felton. Bynum can give the Knicks all three in one signing.
It's true that Bynum's not exactly the most consistent offensive performer. He's not even a true point guard. However, Bynum can flat out take games over offensively and has the skills and capability to run an offense and create for others.
While he's not the strong three-point shooter the Knicks usually look for he does something New York doesn't have enough of, he does most of his damage at the rim. Bynum's ability to drive into the paint would open the floor up for shooters around the perimeter. Plus he's a good free throw shooter so when he's fouled on the way through the paint Bynum can make his opponents pay.
Bynum earned $3.5 million this season. That puts him in play financially for the Knicks. Would it be worth spending the full $3.1 million mid-level exception on a backup point guard? Probably not. However, if you think about it Bynum could probably push Felton for the starting job. Felton is very poor defensively and was very inconsistent this season for the Knicks. He's probably better suited to be a backup and if Bynum is going to give Mike Woodson steady production he could find himself earning his way into the starting position.
While it would probably be foolish to use their entire mini mid-level exception on Bynum if they could get him to take part of it and use the rest on Chris Copeland and others Glen Grunwald would be getting a good player cheaply.
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