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Pistons' Saben Lee: Staying in Detroit
Lee will return to Detroit after signing a three-year deal with the Pistons on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lee was given a qualifying offer by Detroit on Saturday and will remain with the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft. Last season as a rookie, Lee averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Trey Lyles: Headed to Detroit
Lyles and the Pistons agreed to terms Monday on a two-year, $5 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
A lottery pick back in 2015, Lyles will join his fourth team in seven seasons following stops in Utah, Denver and San Antonio. He's never quite been able to establish himself in a permanent role, but Lyles will head to a Pistons team in need of some depth at forward behind Jerami Grant. Hobbled by an ankle injury, Lyles appeared in only 23 games last season, averaging 5.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.6 made threes in 15.6 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cory Joseph: Back with Detroit
Joseph has reached a two-year, $10 million agreement with the Pistons, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
After being acquired from the Kings in March, Joseph averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes for the Pistons. Detroit added 2021 No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and have another talented guard in Killian Hayes on the roster, but they have elected to bring back the veteran.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Kelly Olynyk: Agrees to deal with Pistons
Olynyk and the Pistons agreed to terms Monday on a three-year, $37 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
After splitting last season between the Heat and Rockets, Olynyk will head to Detroit to join Cade Cunningham on one of the up-and-coming teams in the Eastern Conference. Olynyk played a key depth role in Miami for the last few seasons, but he was able to spread his wings in Houston after coming over midseason as part of the Victor Oladipo trade. Across 27 games in a Rockets uniform, Olynyk averaged 19.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 three-pointers per contest while putting up a 55-39-84 shooting line. Those numbers likely won't be sustainable, but Olynyk projects to compete for the starting center job after Detroit parted ways with Mason Plumlee via trade last week. Olynyk's primary competition for minutes will come from second-year big man Isaiah Stewart, who led all rookies in total blocks and total rebounds last season.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Deividas Sirvydis: Joining Detroit for summer league
Sirvydis agreed Sunday to join the Pistons for the Las Vegas Summer League, Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas reports.
Though Detroit waived Sirvydis from its 15-man roster Saturday, the 21-year-old forward will stick around with the organization for summer-league play with the hope of earning a two-way or Exhibit 10 contract with the Pistons or another team ahead of training camp. As a rookie last season, Sirvydis appeared in only 20 games, averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per contest.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Tyler Cook: Let go by Pistons
Cook was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Cook appeared in 32 games last season between the Nets and the Pistons. He saw 13.7 minutes per game in his 32 appearances and averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. The 23-year-old likely won't have too many options in free agency.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Deividas Sirvydis: Let go by Detroit
Sirvydis was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
The 37th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Sirvydis made his NBA debut last season. He didn't see much action with Detroit, however, totaling 133 minutes in 20 appearances and recording 41 points, 29 rebounds, five rebounds and two steals. It seems unlikely he'll have many suitors in free agency, though it's possible another rebuilding team takes a flier since Sirvydis recently turned 21 years old.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cory Joseph: Waived by Pistons
Joseph was waived by the Pistons on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Joseph was dealt from the Kings to the Pistons in March and averaged a quality 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 26.4 minutes for Detroit. However, with Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham now making up the backcourt of the rebuilding team, the organization doesn't have much use for the veteran guard. In free agency, Joseph will likely get offers to be a backup point guard.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Saben Lee: Given qualifying offer
Lee was extended a qualifying offer by the Pistons on Saturday, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Lee showed some flashes last season for the Pistons. In 16.3 minutes per game, he averaged 5.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes. He also had three 20-point scoring games. While he's a restricted free agent, the Pistons may not prioritize hanging onto him with both Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham now in the backcourt.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Chris Smith: Joining Detroit
Smith agreed to a two-way contract with the Pistons on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Smith played just eight games as a senior at UCLA, but he was solid, averaging 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 28.1 minutes. As a junior, he made the All-Pac-12 First Team with similar numbers.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' John Petty: Will play in Summer League
Petty will play for the Pistons' Summer League team with the hopes of trying to play into a two-way contract, Mike Rodak reports.
After a knee injury limited his pre-draft workouts, it seems that Petty is ready to make a push for the NBA. The Alabama guard averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.3 minutes during his senior season. Petty should see minutes for the Pistons' Summer League team as long as he remains fully healthy.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Balsa Koprivica: Goes to Detroit with No. 57
Koprivica was selected by the Pistons with the 57th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Despite being in the second round, Koprivica is a surprise selection. As a sophomore at Florida State, he averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19.5 minutes per game. He was selected to the 2021 ACC All-Tournament First Team.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Luka Garza: Drafted by Detroit at No. 52
Garza was selected by the Pistons with the 52nd overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Garza might be the most decorated college player of the last decade, and he averaged 24.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks as a senior at Iowa. He's got NBA-level strength to bully opposing bigs on the inside, and he can stretch the floor as well. However, the reason he slipped into the second round is defensive concerns. If he can clean up his performance on the end of the floor, he could make for a quality backup center.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Isaiah Livers: Goes to Detroit with No. 42
Livers (foot) was selected by the Pistons with the 42nd overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Livers is a sharpshooting combo forward. He made 2.2 threes per game at a 43.1 percent clip as a senior at Michigan. He's coming off of foot surgery, so it's not clear exactly when he'll be ready to step on the court with Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Pistons' Cade Cunningham: Goes No. 1 overall to Detroit
Cunningham was selected by the Pistons with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Dating back to the start of the college basketball season, Cunningham has been the wire-to-wire favorite to be the top pick in the draft. And while the Pistons did their due diligence on Jalen Green and Evan Mobley, Cunningham's blend of size, shooting and passing proved too difficult to pass up. The 19-year-old will step in as easily the Pistons' top asset, and he figures to immediately take over as the team's primary initiator as a rookie. Detroit did draft another ball handler in the lottery a year ago (Killian Hayes), but Cunningham is the caliber of prospect whose development will be the franchise's top priority going forward. In 27 games at Oklahoma State last season, Cunningham averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three (5.7 3PA/G).... See More ... See Less