Will Bynum said no overseas team has made him an offer. It was reported he was offered $1.6M to play for Fenerbahce. Not true #Pistons
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 11, 2012
It caught me by surprise, because I hadn’t seen a report that Bynum was apparently attracting overseas interest. Apparently, though, Sportando, a website covering international basketball news, did report that Bynum received an offer:
Fenerbahce made a $1.6M offer to Will Bynum as reported to Sportando by a source close to the situation. The PG is not happy for his limited role with the Pistons, with whom he has contract for next season, and is open to return to Europe in case of good offer.
Bynum has played two years in Europe with Maccabi Tel Aviv early in his career before joining the Pistons in 2008-09. Fenerbahce made the first proposal and is ready to increase the money if the Turkish team won’t be able to sign Bo McCalebb who is the main target for the PG position.
I can buy that Bynum isn’t satisfied with his role and wants to play more. As a player who has played overseas before, it would also make sense that he’d be amenable to an offer out of the country for the right money. But Bynum is still under contract with the Pistons for one more season, slated to make just over $3 million in the final year of that deal. Plus, the Pistons have no depth at guard right now, so chances are, he could see his role expand some. Plus, as an expiring contract, he could easily be traded somewhere where the playing time situation might be more to his liking. All of that is a long-winded way of saying that, even if the reported offer did happen, it’s hard to see how it would be enticing enough for Bynum to take it.
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