Report: Wizards signing Will Bynum

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When the Wizards signed Toure’ Murry, he seemed like a placeholder until Will Bynum got healthy.

Whether or not Bynum has fully recovered from injury, Murry’s own injury has accelerated the process.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Will Bynum, the Wizards’ primary target while he was playing professionally in China, finally will join them and it will happen as early as Friday, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation.

Bynum, a 6-foot guard, had been nursing a hamstring injury. On Sunday, the Wizards (40-32) signed Toure’ Murry to his second 10-day contract but he went down with a left ankle sprain in a loss at the Sacramento Kings.

Bynum is expected to be at Friday’s shootaround and be available. Murry would be released by the team to create space on the roster.

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Ramon Sessions, acquired in a midseason trade for Andre Miller has upgraded Washington’s backup point guard, but Bynum can provide an extra spark.

After spending the last few seasons with the Pistons, Bynum was traded to the Celtics before the season and released, and then he went to China. He likes to run the pick-and-roll, and he can get to the rim. He tends to look for his own points, but he’s also a solid passer. Defensively, he can be tolerable on the ball but dreadful off it. He’s definitely capable of heating up in a hurry, and Washington would best-use him when down big to increase variance.

And the Wizards have been down big too often lately.

They’ve lost four straight and 17 of 26, their list of problems numerous:

Opponents see them as in-fighters, and no matter what Randy Wittman says, Marreese Speights’ words hit close to home.

Wittman invited a wave of controversy when he walked off the court early in a loss to the Pacers, a setback due in part to Wittman’s poor defensive strategy on Indiana’s final possession.

Their offense has become predictable.

Wittman is more concerned about defense, though.

Bradley Beal is dealing with a sprained ankle.

On that last bullet, Washington received good news, at least relative how serious the injury initially looked. Michael:

Beal told CSNwashington.com on Thursday that he’ll make up his mind if he can play after shootaround on Friday morning.

If he can’t play, Bynum might need to step in immediately.

Whether or not he plays, Bynum brings toughness. That’s definitely something this team could use an injection of.