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Friday, July 9, 2010

Negotiations continue between Pistons and Will Bynum

The talks between the Pistons and restricted free agent Will Bynum continue each day. Pistons general manger Joe Dumars and Bynum’s agent Mark Bartelstein have been talking nearly every day to try to get a deal done, but nothing has been agreed upon yet.

“Joe and I are talking quite a bit,” Bartelstein said. “It’s a process we are working on every day and we will see what happens. They want him back and other teams are interested. We will work through this thing and see what happens."

Restricted free agency is always tricky because of the player’s current team being able to match any deal, which makes many teams hesitant to tie any money up for a player they might not get anyways. Meanwhile the current team does not want to start bidding against itself.

“It takes a little longer, it’s more deliberate when you are restricted,” Bartelstein said.

Bynum averaged 10.0 points and 4.5 assists in 63 games for the Pistons last season. Bynum started the final 20 games, averaging 10.4 points and 5.4 assists. The highlight of Bynum’s season was likely his 20-assist night against the Wizards on March 12.

Bynum battled injuries to both his ankles during the season, but showed his toughness early in the year by refusing to miss any time before eventually having to shut it down for a few weeks.

Last season was Bynum’s second full season in the NBA. Bynum played 15 games for the Golden State Warriors during the 2005-06 season before playing overseas for two years.

Bartelstein did not want to get into what specific teams have inquired about Bynum, but said there have been several. Bartelstein did add he felt Bynum and Raymond Felton are the two best point guards on the market right now.

“There’s been a number of teams interested,” Bartelstein said. “Will when healthy had a terrific season. A lot of people have taken notice. The Pistons gave him an opportunity and that’s important to him. He would prefer to stay. … Joe and I will talk and will get something done if we can.”

Bynum may be looking to get a deal similar to the one the Lakers gave Steve Blake (4 years, $16 million) or the Magic gave Chris Duhon (4 years, $15 million). Only time will tell.

Note: Bartelstein represents nearly 20 players who are still free agents and when asked if the Pistons had inquired about any besides Bynum, Bartelstein said him and Dumars have talked several times about Ime Udoka and Bobby Simmons.


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