Bynum becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1st, and the opportunity that he returns to Detroit is still open. Detroit would love to bring him back as their back-up point guard again, but would likely cost them more than the $10 million they just paid him over the past three seasons.
Both the Sixers and Pacers are in search of offensive help from the point guard position off the bench.
Bynum averaged 9.8 points on nearly 47% shooting from the floor and 3.6 assists in just under 19 minutes per contest this season.
Philadelphia will likely pursue Bynum seriously to become All-Star Jrue Holiday’s back-up. This past season, Royal Ivey was the most consistent point guard off the bench for the Sixers. The revolving door as Jrue Holiday’s back-up included Ivey, Jeremy Pargo, Charles Jenkins, and hometown kid Maalik Wayns.
Indiana thought they had addressed their point guard concerns when they signed both George Hill and D.J. Augustin. Hill established himself as a capable NBA starter this season, particularly during Indiana’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals before falling to the Miami Heat in Game 7. Augustin, on the other hand, played poorly for the majority of the 2012-2013 season in a back-up role.
Others are likely to be interested in obtaining Bynum’s services as free agency approaches, but for now, these three teams are the most likely suitors for the 30-year-old point guard.