Today was decision day for all NBA teams on non-guaranteed contracts. They become guaranteed for the rest of the season after today. The Pistons had three players without guaranteed deals — Damien Wilkins, Vernon Macklin and Walker Russell. Of the three, there was some uncertainty as to whether the team would keep Russell, a D-League call-up who was added to the roster because of the many guard injuries the Pistons have had this season. HoopsHype reports that the Pistons will indeed keep Russell:
The Detroit Pistons are keeping guard Walker Russell, agent Giovanni Funiciello tells HoopsHype.
Meanwhile, former Piston DaJuan Summers was among the players cut as the Hornets decided against guaranteeing his contract. Condolences can be offered to Frankie D in the comments. Also, Scott Schroeder of SB Nation has a handy tracker of all the non-guaranteed contracts that were either guaranteed or waived today. One intriguing name: Derrick Caracter of the Lakers. The Pistons do have a roster spot … wouldn’t mind seeing them give him a 10-day contract.