Will Bynum – a backup point guard the Knicks and Lakers reportedly wanted – has agreed to re-sign with the Pistons, his agent told reporters. David Aldridge of NBA.com:
Bynum had his finest season last year. His peaks (high-volume scoring with smooth passing) were as high as ever, but his valleys (missed shots galore and turnover after turnover) occurred less often and weren’t quite as deep.
It’s a shame he’s really catching onto the finer points of playing point guard now that he’s 30 and now perpetually in danger of losing the quick first step that fuels his game.
Unfortunately for the Pistons, with Jose Calderon signing with the Mavericks, this gives them three point guards under contract: Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Bynum. With Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond set to form a jumbo front line, there won’t be a lot of space for a point guard to operate, and this trio probably doesn’t have the skills to offset the issues.
The Pistons need an upgrade at the position – perhaps Knight, entering his third year, finally clicks and provides it – but Bynum’s slightly too-rich contract limits their ability to improve. At least they’re getting someone who always plays hard, and they have to appreciate that.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.