Coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday that Brown could remain on the roster as the Pistons' 15th man heading into the upcoming season, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Quite honestly, we've got Lorenzo Brown under contract and I was impressed with what he did in the Orlando [Summer League.] Impressed with his play and impressed with the improvement that he made and the focus that he had," Van Gundy said. "It's very possible that the 15 guys we have now -- including Lorenzo -- are the 15 guys we'll go into the season with." Brown is under contract for $1.01 million in 2016-17, but his deal won't become fully guaranteed until January, giving the Pistons some flexibility in the event they have interest in a free agent point guard available for the veteran's minimum. In the event nobody on the open market stands out, it appears the Pistons are comfortable proceeding with Brown as their third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith. Brown averaged 14.2 points (on 53.1% shooting from the floor), 3.6 steals, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 30.2 minutes per game across his five summer league appearances.
Brown is set to sign with the Pistons for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. The Pistons let Brown's 10-day contract expire without renewal just one week earlier, but the team's brain trust has apparently seen enough positive things from him in practices and during his time with the D-League Grand Rapids Drive that influenced them to bring the point guard back. Brown's latest contract will reportedly include a team option for 2016-17, so with a strong training camp this coming fall, he could have a shot at remaining on the roster next season. He'll be able to join the Pistons for their upcoming playoff run, but don't expect Brown to see much court time. Brown could, however, be in line for some expanded minutes in Wednesday's regular season finale against the Cavaliers. Starting point guard Reggie Jackson is dealing with an abdominal strain, and with the Pistons having already clinched the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, it's quite likely that he'll sit out, opening minutes for the likes of Steve Blake, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Brown.
Brown's second 10-day contract has expired and he'll be released by the Pistons, David Mayo of MLive.com reports. Following the conclusion of Brown's second 10-day contract, the Pistons had to decide whether to sign him for the rest of the season or release him. They've opted to release him, which means Brown will likely head back to the D-League and hope for another call-up to a playoff contender in need of backcourt depth. Brown failed to see any game action with the Pistons during his two 10-day contracts, but he did average 2.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists over eight games with the Suns earlier in the season.
Brown signed a second 10-day deal with Detroit on Monday, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports. While Brown has not appeared in a game since signing with the Pistons on Mar. 18, the coaching staff has apparently liked what they've seen from him in practice. As a result, Brown will stick around for another week-and-a-half, though it's unclear whether the Pistons, who are competing for a playoff spot, would keep Brown past the expiration of this second 10-day deal.
Brown will sign a 10-day deal with Detroit on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Brown spent time with the Timberwolves last season and the Suns earlier this season, appearing in eight game for Phoenix and averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 assists in 7.6 minutes per game. The former NC State star has found success in the D-League, posting averages of 18.3 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 25 contests for the Grand Rapids Drive. At 6-5, Brown is an intriguing physical specimen, but he's unlikely to make a major impact for the Pistons, barring an injury or two in the backcourt.
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