Walker Russell's contract will be guaranteed for the rest of the season, former Piston DaJuan Summers not so lucky

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.

HoopsHype also noted that Russell is Detroit’s first D-League call-up, although they have sent a handful of players to their D-League affiliate over the years (hat-tip Packey).

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.

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