Coach Stan Van Gundy recently indicated that Leuer would rank ahead of rookie Henry Ellenson on the depth chart to begin the upcoming season, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports. Like Leuer, Ellenson is regarded as a power forward who can stretch the floor, but he's not nearly as much of a threat from three-point range at this stage of his career. Leuer hit 38.2 percent of his three-point tries in 2015-16 and holds a strong 37.5 percent mark over five NBA seasons; conversely, Ellenson nailed just 28.8 percent of his attempts in his lone college campaign at Marquette, despite benefiting from the shorter line. The Pistons intend to use the upcoming season as a developmental one for Ellenson, so look for Leuer, who inked a four-year, $42 million deal this offseason, to be a mainstay on the second unit.
Leuer agreed to a four-year, $42 million deal with the Pistons on Saturday, Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports. The 27-year-old big man will add another viable option to the Pistons' front court. Leuer enjoyed his best statistical season as a reserve last season, averaging 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds over 18.7 minutes per game. He'll likely have a similar role in Detroit where he can stretch the floor with the second unit. He shot 38.2 percent from three point range in 2016, the second best mark in his career.
Leuer tallied 16 points (7-8 FG, 2-2 FT), 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block over 20 minutes in Wednesday's 114-105 season-ending victory over the Clippers. The 25-year-old, in and out of the lineup in the last couple of weeks with an ankle injury, finishes the season with consecutive double-doubles. Although he received the starting nod at the four Wednesday, Leuer garnered only 20 minutes of playing time, making his line all the more impressive. The five-year veteran made solid scoring contributions and was a force on the glass at times as well throughout his first season in Phoenix, but now faces an uncertain future given his status as a free agent. Leuer finished the 2015-16 campaign with career-high averages of 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 steals across 18.7 minutes per game.
Leuer will draw the start in Monday's matchup with the Kings, Matt Peterson of Suns.com reports. Leuer will move into the starting lineup as Tyson Chandler will not play in this contest. Both teams have many players sidelined, which should result in some players producing above average lines. Leuer will have an opportunity for relatively solid production.
Leuer (ankle) is expected to play in Thursday's contest against the Rockets, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports. Leuer has missed the teams past three games due to a right ankle sprain and is likely to return. Though the team didn't go so far as to guarantee he'd play, it would be surprising if he missed Thursday's matchup.
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