Pistons sign Josh Harrellson

The Pistons signed Josh Harrellson, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

To clarify: Harrellson’s deal with Detroit is for two years, with team option on second season. This year will have a partial guarantee.

Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe were the only Pistons who fit naturally at center, and with one open roster spot, it was apparent the Pistons would add a center, and that center is “Jorts.” Harrellson likely completes the roster the Pistons will take into the season.

Undrafted Drafted in the second round out of Kentucky, Harrellson had a nice 37-game run with the Knicks as a rookie in 2011-12. He was traded in the offseason to the Rockets, who waived him, signed by the Heat, waived by the Heat, signed by the Heat and waived by the Heat again after playing a total of six games.

Offensively, Harrellson is a stretch center. More than 40 percent of his shots have been 3-pointers, and he he’s made 32.8 percent of his attempts beyond the arc. There are indications the 6-foot-10, 275-pound Harrellson is a good defender, but that end of the floor is especially tough to evaluate for someone who has played just 571 NBA minutes.

Harrellson doesn’t project to be part of the Pistons’ rotation, because Drummond will start at center and substitutions will be staggered so Monroe gets the rest of the minutes at that position. At age 24 and possessing four years of college experience, Harrellson probably doesn’t have a huge amount room to improve. Hopefully, he provides depth behind Drummond and Monroe but is never needed because those two stay healthy.

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