After a well-traveled season that saw him venture from Detroit to Boston to Guangdong, China, point guard Will Bynum has found himself a permanent home stateside… at least for now.
The Washington Wizards have signed Bynum for the remainder of the season as they attempt to shore up a backcourt that has struggled with injuries throughout the 2014-2015 campaign. Washington has reportedly waived injured guard Toure’ Murray to make room for Bynum on the roster.
Bynum entered training camp this year as a member of the Detroit Pistons, where he’d averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists over six seasons. However, following the loss of center Aaron Gray in the preseason, the Pistons were in need of an emergency backup at center. A suddenly overcrowded backcourt that included Brandon Jennings, D.J. Augustin, and Spencer Dinwiddie all getting reps at point made Bynum expendable. The Pistons shipped his rights to the Boston Celtics in exchange for center Joel Anthony. Ten days later, the Celtics waived Bynum.
Bynum’s next opportunity came from China of all places. Following an ankle injury to 2015 draft prospect Emmanuel Mudiay, the Guangdong Southern Tigers were in need of a replacement at the point guard position. Enter Will Bynum.
After an inauspicious start (he had to tape a jersey number to his back in his debut… no, we’re not kidding), Bynum quickly established himself as one of Guangdong’s finest players, averaging 22.3 points per game while dishing out a team-high 7.1 assists. Following the conclusion of his season overseas (his team was eliminated in the playoffs by Stephon Marbury’s Beijing Ducks), Bynum was free to pursue action stateside.
The Washington Wizards are currently holding ground as a solid fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, which means Bynum will likely be soon making just his second NBA playoff appearance of his career. He previously averaged 11.8 points off the bench in a first round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of the Pistons in 2009.