The Detroit Pistons had targets, and they took no time going after them. On a day where there has certainly been more chatter than deals, the Pistons were able to get two new shooters to agree to deals. The Pistons agreed with Jodie Meeks to a three year $19 million deal, and Cartier Martin on a one year deal.
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The salary may sound somewhat high for Jodie Meeks, but the Pistons did what they had to do to sign one of the better shooters on the open market. The Pistons were close to dead last in three point shooting last season, a number that will need to change under new head coach Stan Van Gundy. Meeks will go a long way in changing that. He will be able to space the floor, but showed last season that he can score around the basket as well. Meeks scored just under 16 points per game while shooting 40% from the three point line last season. He will have a chance to slot right into the starting shooting guard role, and the signing means that Rodney Stuckey’s time in Detroit is all but over.
Martin is more of a journeyman type, but is no slouch from the three point line as he has shot 38% from deep in his career. Martin’s job will be to come off the bench, space the floor for the second unit, and make the three when open. If he can do that, the signing will be a success.
So Stan Van Gundy, and the new Pistons front office are wasting no time in addressing the team’s weaknesses. With three new acquisitions SVG has already begun to make his stamp on the Pistons roster. But this is only the beginning, the Pistons are still said to have a three year $24 million deal on the table for Isaiah Thomas, and the Greg Monroe situation still has to shake itself out. Day one of free agency is just about in the books, but much more action is on the way.Tags: Basketball, Cartier Martin, Detroit, Detroit Pistons, Jodie Meeks, NBA