By Ashley Dunkak
AUBURN HILLS (CBS DETROIT) – For Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum, staying in the city that has become his home over the past five years was an option that just made sense.
More than what was best for him or what he wanted, Bynum, who was a free agent after this past season, said his family was a major consideration in what team he would sign with.
“For me and my family, this is great,” Bynum said. “Four hours from home, my daughter’s in school here, so everything is perfect for me. The lifestyle here is perfect for me. I’m a laid-back kind of guy, so everything fit.”
On the court, the situation has not always been as peachy. In a backup role for most of his time in Detroit, Bynum has endured five losing seasons with the team.
The Pistons finished third in their division in Bynum’s first year, fifth in his second year, and fourth for three straight years after that.
“It’s been tough for me going through losing seasons, but right now the direction we’re going is big,” Bynum said. “It’s great. There’s a lot of talent on this team. We just have to put it together, get some wins.”
Bynum said the presence of new head coach Maurice Cheeks, and his interest in Bynum, helped with his choice to remain with the Pistons.
“He said he wanted me here, he wanted me back,” Bynum said. “That was important to me. That meant a lot to me, especially growing up in Chicago, kind of looking up to him as a young kid and knowing he grew up in the same area as me. That was big.”
Detroit’s other moves this offseason also gave Bynum more confidence. Like many others, he is particularly looking forward to seeing the frontcourt of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith go to work.
“It’s going to probably be one of the best frontcourts in the NBA,” Bynum said. “It’s going to be up to the guards to do our part and feed these guys because I’m sure they’re going to be hungry.”
“The timing part is what’s up next, the chemistry,” Bynum added. “Getting to know guys, different positions, what’s best for them on the court, just developing that chemistry as a group, as a team. I think that’s the next step for us.”