Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported earlier Monday that Rick Pitino said that Peyton Siva has indeed signed his rookie deal with the Detroit Pistons. Siva himself also tweeted a picture of himself inking his deal to become a Detroit Piston.
Before the blockbuster deal that brought Brandon Jennings to the Motor City, the roster sat at 16, one over the NBA’s limit for the regular season. There were rumbles that the Pistons may let Second Round draft pick Peyton Siva walk due to the depth they have at the point guard spot. With Knight (prior to trade), Billups, Bynum, and Stuckey under contract, Siva seemed to be the odd man out.
Detroit had the option of trying to convince Siva to sign overseas until they opened a roster spot for him. In the end, the Pistons found a way to upgrade one of their biggest weaknesses and open two roster spots headed into the dog days of the NBA offseason.
As I listed in a previous post, signing Peyton Siva was a must for Joe Dumars and his staff. Peyton brings a calming presence and seemed to have a nice connection in the Summer League with big men Andre Drummond and Tony Mitchell. Peyton Siva finished the Orlando Summer League averaging 7.8 points. 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Peyton will wear number 34 for the Pistons this season, and will probably spend some time in Fort Wayne for the Mad Ants throughout the year, the Pistons D-League affiliate. I’m excited to see Siva in some actual game action in 2013.
His deal is guaranteed at the league minimum for the first season, but is a team option next year. It is no guarantee that Siva will be around after this season either. Like we saw with Kim English, the Pistons tried him out for the first season then decided against bringing him back in 2013.
With Peyton Siva locked up for the upcoming season, Joe Dumars can now focus his attention on finding a backup big man to take the place of former Piston, Viacheslav Kravtsov.