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Report: Lakers, Knicks both interested in Will Bynum

Jun 13, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

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Will Bynum seemed to finally have his game grow up this season at age 30 — they guy always had the quick first step and the ability to put up points in bunches on the right night. But this season, playing behind Brandon Knight, he stopped taking as many bad shots and turning the ball over. He averaged 9.8 points a game with an above average PER of 16.6.

He’s the kind of backup point guard a team that need athleticism in the backcourt could really use… like the Lakers and Knicks.

And both are interested in him as a free agent, reports Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

No doubt, both team could use him; he’s a good fit.

The problem is money. Both the Lakers and Knicks are way over the tax apron, meaning the most they can offer is the taxpayer’s mid-level exception of about $3.2 million (yes Lakers fans, even if Dwight Howard leaves). The Knicks are expected to use that money to keep guys like Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland. The Lakers have plenty of other needs.

Another team that could use production off the bench at the point (hello Indiana?) could step in with a little more money and snatch him up.

  1. 13arod - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    celtic’s don’t want him shocked

  2. pmx8411 - Jun 13, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    BETTER THAN Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris COMBINED…….

  3. mp4philly - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    How many laker fans skimmed and read Bynum then freaked out?

    • eboneseagles - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      Probably not many.

    • chargerdillon - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      lol poor 76’ers we did you guys so dirty with Bynum, but Dwight is our karma for it

    • badintent - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      All of them. ! Ball don’t lie !

    • berry242 - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Yeah I got a little nervous.

  4. eboneseagles - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    I don’t really see the fit with the knicks tbh, he’d be the 3rd string guard and from what I’ve read/seen he’s a decent bench scorer and not much of a distributor. In terms of scoring I’d rather just have Cope. They already have scorers off the bench anyway. Would be a better signing for the lakers because who knows if old man Nash will hold up and Bynum is better than Blake/Morris/ and D league star Goudelock.

    • nokoolaidcowboy - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      Knicks need a coach. Bynum’s talents would be wasted.

      • caeser12 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        @nokoolaidcowboy

        I concur 1000%.

        Mike “We need to find a way to get him involved in our offense, because he’s a big part of what we do” Woodson. would just allow him to languish on the bench, along with Copeland (if he resigns), Novak, and whoever they pick in the draft, while allowing J.R. Smith to shoot the team out of the gym.

        Go NY.

  5. weaselpuppy - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Bynum made $3.5 last year and had for him a contract season…I’m sure he’ll start asking for full mid level exception money. Pistons likely get him back with the shifting of Knight to SG, drafting a PG that won’t pull 35 minutes for a year or two and the banishing to Siberia of Stuckey

  6. bchapman2011 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    This sis the move that will bring the Lakers back to glory.NOT

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