With NBA teams like the Cavaliers and Bulls looking for point guard help, one name that ESPN’s Chris Haynes has heard thrown around is Will Bynum. At 34 years of age, Bynum has plugged away in the D-League since he was waived by the Hawks during training camp. Though he was used sparingly by the Wizards in 2014/15, he had established himself as a key rotation player for the Pistons over the half decade leading up to it.
Now eligible to hop on with a team for either a 10-day deal or for the rest of the season, Bynum will look to show that he can contribute right away. During the recent D-League Showcase, the veteran guard set out to demonstrate that he’s still in shape and capable of playing the right way. The message was sent loud and clear in the form of a 43-point showing when his Windy City Bulls tipped off against the Delaware 87ers last Wednesday.
There’s more general news from around the league:
- Former NBA player Hasheem Thabeet has signed on to play with the Philippines-Mighty Sports of the Dubai International Basketball Championship, says international basketball reporter Charles Tiu. Thabeet, out of NBA action since 2013/14, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
- The depth of this year’s draft class could have teams reconsidering the moves they make ahead of the February 23 trade deadline, write Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton of ESPN (Insider), especially with regard to the point guard position. This year’s class, anchored by Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, is particularly rife with playmakers.
- Several NBA prospects have seen their value fluctuate of late and three of them have been profiled by Jonathan Givony of The Vertical. Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen is starting to establish a case for a Top 10 selection, Givony says.
- The season of 10-day contracts if upon us, the most recent player to sign a deal being Johnny O’Bryant earlier today. Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated spoke with Sean Kilpatrick and Tim Frazier to discuss the call-up process.