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Report: Veteran guard Will Bynum signs in China

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Last season, Will Bynum played in China for most of the year with the Guangdong Southern Tigers before signing with the Wizards at the end of the regular season. Bynum has been a solid backup point guard throughout his career, but he’s been unable to stick in the NBA since leaving the Pistons in 2014.

Unable to secure an NBA deal this summer, David Pick reports that Bynum is heading back to China:

Bynum had a successful season with the Tigers, who signed him as a replacement for Emmanuel Mudiay, who battled ankle problems in his single season overseas before ultimately becoming the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft. If Bynum wants playing time, he’s more likely to find it in China than he is in the NBA. But it still wouldn’t be surprising to see a team pick him up in March after the CBA season is over.

John Wall out for Wizards-Hawks Game 2 tonight


John Wall and Bradley Beal both suffered injuries in the Wizards’ Game 1 win over the Hawks, but both were expected to play in Game 2 tonight.

Not happening for Wall.

Chris Miller of CSN:

This is obviously horrible news for the Wizards.

Wall dictates their offense, and they don’t have a reliable replacement, because they surely didn’t bank on needing one. They put a heavy load on Wall and ask him to carry them.

Ramon Sessions will likely moving into the starting lineup, and Garrett Temple and/or Will Bynum will have to fill in behind him. Temple has yet to play this postseason, and Bynum has seen just four minutes.

The offensive loss is larger, but Wall’s absence will be felt defensively, too. Jeff Teague will have a much easier time operating, and his effectiveness trickles down to the rest of the team.

I hope the Wizards are happy with a split in Atlanta, because winning without Wall tonight seems nearly impossible. Then again, the Clippers did surprisingly well without Chris Paul last night.

Visa issue might prevent Pacers from signing Gal Mekel

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Gal Mekel, waived by the Mavericks, planned to sign with the Pacers in order to fill Indiana’s massive void at point guard.

George Hill, C.J. Watson and Rodney Stuckey are all injured. Donald Sloan played 43 minutes last night.

Yeah, it’s desperate.

But there’s a hitch with Mekel.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

That the Pacers are so desperate for Mekel speaks to their larger problems.

At 1-4, they’re about as bad as expected with Lance Stephenson in Charlotte and Paul George injured. Their season is not over, but it’s on the way toward irreparable.

I understand Mekel is the Pacers’ top choice in free agency, but he’s not irreplaceable. If Indiana needs to sign someone else – Will Bynum? John Lucas? A.J. Price? – it wouldn’t be the end of the world. The key is providing Sloan some relief and biding time until Hill and Watson return.

That probably won’t be enough to keep the Pacers in the playoff picture as the season progresses, but it’s their only chance.

Celtics trying to trade Will Bynum, who they recently acquired from Pistons


The Celtics traded Joel Anthony for Will Bynum last week, though the move was one made for reasons other than improving the talent on the roster.

It was about cost savings first, and roster flexibility second.

Boston has 16 players with guaranteed contracts for this season, but the league maximum number of roster spots is 15. Someone has to be traded or waived, and if it was Anthony instead of Bynum, it would have meant the team eating an extra $900,000 in salary.

Bynum is still likely to be waived. But the Celtics are attempting to get an asset in return for him before making their final decision.

From Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald:

Danny Ainge and Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Will Bynum, continued to work yesterday to find a destination for the veteran point guard that might also bring the Celtics something of value in return.

“We’re trying to see if there is something we can do,” said Bartelstein, who added Bynum is working out in Chicago, where years ago he was the high school teammate of Tony Allen. …

That said, the Celtics are still most likely to waive the 31-year-old Bynum by the end of the week.

“It’s a tough time of year to make a trade,” said a league source. “Teams are still trying to get used to their rosters, see what they have. Most likely they have to waive him.”

Boston is obviously wise to do its due diligence here, and explore every option. But considering that the team can’t take back another player due to roster constrictions, there’s little motivation for another club to give up anything of value when they could simply sign Bynum outright once the waiver process is complete.

Bynum averaged 8.9 points and 3.7 assists in 18.8 minutes per contest for the Pistons last season.

Pistons waive Hasheem Thabeet


The Pistons signed Aaron Gray to a two-year contract this summer, but the center has been out after suffering a heart episode. Detroit also signed Hasheem Thabeet to an unguaranteed contract to provide another option as a center behind Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.

Someone who can’t play or Hasheem Thabeet?

Rather than choosing between those unappealing options, the Pistons traded Will Bynum for Joel Anthony. Now, they’re cutting Thabeet loose.

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

If Thabeet doesn’t catch on somewhere else, he’ll have the shortest NBA career of a top-two pick since Jay Williams, who had a career-ending motorcycle crash after his rookie year. Yes, Darko will have lasted longer in the league than Thabeet.

The Pistons still must waive a player with a guaranteed contract to get under the regular-season roster limit. Tony Mitchell and Gray, if he can’t get healthy, are the most likely candidates.

Detroit’s D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, already have Lorenzo Brown’s D-League rights. The Pistons could assign Thabeet, Brian Cook and/or Josh Bostic to Grand Rapids, as well. If those players sign in the D-League, they could play only for the Drive, but any NBA team could sign them.