The Pistons have added more depth in the post. According to Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, The Pistons have agreed to terms on a multi-year deal with former Kings center Aaron Gray.
Center Aaron Gray agrees to multiyear deal with the Pistons, source says.
— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) July 7, 2014
Gray averaged 10 minutes per game with the Kings last season and will add much needed depth at the center position. The move is an interesting one, considering the roster that has already been put together with a handful of big men.
A former 2nd round pick of the Bulls in 2007, Gray provides size at 7′ and should slip right into the role of backup center.
The signing puts into question the futures of Josh Harrellson, who averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds a game last season for the Pistons. Gray fits the more traditional post offense that Stan Van Gundy will look to run.
Harrellson, who has become somewhat of a fan favorite in Detroit, is better known for his long range abilities.
Gray’s best season came with the Toronto Raptors during the 2011-12 season, where he started 40 of Toronto’s 49 games. He averaged 4 points per game and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.
Gray is a solid rim protector, but even more importantly, he protects the basketball. In his seven years in the NBA, Gray has never turned the ball over more than once a game. Last year, he had more turnovers by offensive foul then any other category.
In terms of winning basketball, Gray had the worst year of his career last season. He had a -12.5 rating on the floor combined with the Raptors and the Kings.
Terms of the deal are still undisclosed.
Free agents like Aaron Gray will not be able to officially sign contracts with teams until the league moratorium ends on July 10th.