Bitterness has never been apart of the Will Bynum package, but he’s always keenly aware of his long road to the NBA, especially in comparison to those who’ve had the red carpet laid out for them.

So when Bynum signed his second legitimate NBA contract, a two-year, $5.75 million deal with the Pistons, it represented a double dose of the reality he’s reluctantly embraced and from which he can never run away.

The energetic backup point guard went radio silent during the free-agent process, having been courted by the likes of the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks, to name a couple franchises, a far cry from when he couldn’t get a tryout with NBA teams years ago.

“It was different, like college recruiting all over again,” Bynum said. “I just tuned everybody out, kept working on my game. Tried to stay away from constantly thinking about it. It couldn’t be a selfish decision, because it’s not just me but my family as well.”

His 4-year-old daughter and wife like the quietness of Metro Detroit, especially compared to the place Bynum calls home, Chicago.

But that’s where his comfort level ends, in all likelihood. With the signing of Chauncey Billups, the drafting of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, along with the presence of Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey, stiff competition will be prevalent come training camp.

He dryly joked he “didn’t know” about Billups signing back with Detroit, well aware they play the same position. He bounced back this past season after an injury-riddled, lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, averaging 9.8 points and 3.6 assists on 47 percent shooting.

“You never know. I’ve been in these battles with different point guards being here,” Bynum said. “You never know how it’s going to fall out.”

“I’m extremely excited to be back. The best decision for me and my family. I’m excited for the future.”