Pistons resign Ben Wallace and Will Bynum

Ben WallaceDespite a tremendous amount of cap space last summer, the Detroit Pistons were unable to put together a winning team. In fact, they turned out to be even worse off than before as they finished 2009-10 with a disappointing 27-55 record, missing the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. Obviously, handing out multi-year deals to Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva was not the key to success, putting the franchise from Michigan in a tough situation as teams such as the Miami Heat and New York Knicks can be expected to make the Eastern Conference even more competitive in 2010-11.


However, unlike some experts around the league expected, Detroit is having an extremely quiet off-season thus far and has done little to correct the aforementioned mistakes. That said, one has to concede that trading Charlie Villanueva's or Ben Gordon's contract is fairly difficult without taking back equally bad contracts. However, the Pistons made two smaller moves as the franchise opted to resign point guard Will Bynum as well as veteran center Ben Wallace. More precisely, Will Bynum agreed to sign a three year deal worth $10.5 million where as Ben Wallace will play two more years for a total of $3.8 million. Especially Bynum appears to be a very sound investment as the 27-year old guard is coming off a solid season averaging 10.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in just 27 minutes per contest. Ben Wallace on the other hand is already past his prime, but has shown that he has still something left in the tank. In 2009-10, he put up 8.7 rebounds, 5.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28 minutes per game. Obviously, resigning Wallace and Bynum will not solve the Pistons' current problems but both decisions can still be seen as a step into the right direction. Likewise, sophomore forward Jonas Jerebko can be expected to continue improving after a solid rookie campaign last year. Similarly, Pistons' fans are hoping that seventh overall pick Greg Monroe will be able to contribute right away and help the team of coach John Kuester to compete for a playoff spot in 2010-11. 


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Tags: Detroit Pistons, Ben Gordon, Will Bynum, Ben Wallace, NBA live
Posted: 4th August 2010

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