The Detroit Pistons continue to revamp their bench unit as they push to improve upon last year's playoff run. On Saturday, ESPN reported that the Pistons agreed to a four-year, $42 million deal with stretch forward Jon Leuer, who spent last year with Phoenix. Leuer's agency, Priority Sports, confirmed an agreement with Detroit on Twitter:
Leuer has all the skill capabilities you could want for a Stan Van Gundy team. He can post up, handle a little, pass, is a career 38 percent shooter from deep, mobile and athletic. He's the very model of an SVG player. Van Gundy has said in the past he's willing to overpay for players who fit the team's needs.
Leuer averaged just 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in under 19 minutes per game for Phoenix, which makes this a little bit of an overpay. Under last year's cap, this comes in to around $7 million per year, which is reasonable, but still high for a marginal player who despite his abilities has never been able to establish a firm spot in a rotation.
The years are the bigger issue. At four years, if Leuer can't become a solid rotation player, let alone starter, this is an over-investment, but one that Detroit is willing to make. The Detroit Free Press reports that the Pistons were the "mystery team" that met with Al Horford on Friday and that this move signals they are out of the running.