Pistons signing Caron Butler, D.J. Augustin
The Pistons shot 32.1 percent on 3-pointers last season, finishing 29th in the league.
Considering they bested only the 76ers, the Pistons practically finished last among legitimate NBA teams.
New Detroit president/coach Stan Van Gundy values outside shooting, and he keeps upgrading in free agency. His top signings Ė including the two most-recent additions Ė shot very very well from beyond the arc last season:
Caron Butler has agreed to sign a deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to a source.Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Free-agent guard D.J. Augustin has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.Butlerís overall game has deteriorated, but his 3-point shooting has come on strong in recent years. At 34, he likely must accept that spot-up role. Paying $10 million over two years for that seems costly, but the second year is a team option, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. (Iíd guess itís actually unguaranteed, but either way, the Pistons arenít committed.)
Augustin, who averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 assists per game with the Bulls, finished second among reserves in win shares last season. He really showed an ability to inject life into a stagnant offense.
With Josh Smith likely moving primarily back to power forward after a disastrous season at small forward and Brandon Jennings the incumbent point guard, Butler and Augustin each have a chance to start. That speaks both to their abilities and Detroitís roster.
The Pistons now have nine players with guaranteed contracts, two with unguaranteed contracts, five incoming free agents, an unsigned second-round pick and the right to match any offer for restricted free agent Greg Monroe. Even waiving the two players with unguaranteed contracts, Peyton Siva* and Josh Harrellson, still puts the Pistons on track for 16 players Ė if Monroe returns.
*Sivaís contract was set to become guaranteed Sunday, according to ShamSports.com, and there has been no word on the Pistons waiving him. However itís possible the Pistons and Siva agreed to postpone the guarantee date.
You donít let a player of Monroeís caliber leave just to sign these players or Aaron Gray, Detroitís other offseason signing. The Pistons might have a trade in the works, or they could eat the guarantee salary of Tony Mitchell or Will Bynum. Itís even possible they could waive both, opening the door for one more outside signing.
Most likely, though, handling Monroe is the Pistonsí last remaining free-agent move now.
Link: Reports: Pistons signing Caron Butler, D.J. Augustin | ProBasketballTalk
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Every time he's been a free agent there has been the rumor that the Spurs were chasing him or were 'close' to signing him.
Since you can't fix stupid, at least you should be able to prosecute it!
He garbage... I'm sick of him being rumored to us. How bout they not rumor anyone to us and we just sign who we sign. I don't think Marco was rumored, and he signed. Our free agents are like gifts already wrapped up, we'll know what we have when we see it.
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