The Detroit Pistons have officially signed draft picks Kentavious Caldewell-Pope and Tony Mitchell to rookie-scale deals, which leaves Peyton Siva’s fate undetermined. Caldewell-Pope is a 6'5" shooting guard from Georgia University, and will be guaranteed two years on the team, and his third year will be determined by the team. Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points per game in the 2012-2013 season.
Mitchell, who was drafted in the second round, averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds at North Texas.
With the signing of these two rookies, that puts the Pistons at the maximum roster spots, leaving point guard Peyton Siva unsigned and somewhat in the dark. However, there is a positive light for Siva. Siva knew his roster spot was on the line going into the NBA Summer League in Orlando. As a result, he did fairly well in the league where he averaged 7.8 points per game with six assists and three steals. Though Siva did struggle from the field, shooting only 29.6 percent, it still is a solid performance, and the Pistons noticed. Despite a solid performance, the Pistons do have options for Siva, who was the 56th overall pick in the second round. One of those options may include him playing overseas for a year, yet there is no clear confirmation of that, seeing as the Pistons are still interested in the former Louisville Cardinals star.
“He’s someone we have a great interest in somehow keeping or retaining his rights,” said Pistons president Joe Dumars. “I’ve had a wide range of discussions with his agent. We’ve talked about a lot of the different scenarios that could happen.”
With the season slowly approaching, the Pistons will be making a big decision on Siva, and we will soon find out whether he will be wearing a Pistons jersey come 2013-2014 season.
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