Stan Van Gundy has wasted no time tinkering with the Detroit Pistons roster and two more moves came today. The Pistons released Peyton Siva and Josh Harrellson to make room on the roster for some new faces.
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With the Pistons drafting Spencer Dinwiddie and adding D.J. Augustin through free agency there just wasn’t room for Siva on the roster. Siva was drafted two years ago in the second round, and has really never broken in to the rotation in Detroit. Even if the Pistons don’t get much from Dinwiddie this season Augustin is clearly an upgrade over Siva, and will provide some outside shooting that just isn’t in Siva’s game.
Last season in Chicago Augustin was a steadying force for the Bulls after they lost Derrick Rose. Augustin was the scoring punch the Bulls were sorely lacking offensively, and did a nice job coming off the bench. He struggles defensively, but will lead the second unit, and take away some of the scoring pressure from the starters.
Harrellson just wasn’t needed after the signing of Aaron Gray. SVG likes a more traditional, big center that plays close to the basket. Something that doesn’t fit in to Harrellson’s game. Gray will be able to come in and play defense when Andre Drummond needs a breather or has foul trouble.
Harrellson’s departure will also pave the way for veteran Caron Butler to join the Pistons, another guy that fits the Stan Van Gundy mold. At this stage in his career Butler has become much more of a spot up shooter, and will be able to help space the floor like most of the other new Pistons. Last year Butler shot 44% from deep while scoring just under 10 points per night for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both are solid numbers for a role player, and if Butler can replicate them in Detroit the Pistons will have gotten a steal.
Van Gundy hasn’t made a huge splash, and the Greg Monroe situation still hasn’t been worked out, but his series of small moves have already made the Pistons better. SVG has ditched youth for more established talent. The upside may be lower, but there is no doubting the proven track record of the new veterans the Pistons have brought in.
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