Free agent guard DJ Augustin has reached a two-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Caron Butler’s expected deal with Detroit said to be for two years in the $9 million range
While the full details on Caron Butler’s deal have yet to be released, it seems like these are a pair of low-cost signings.
D.J. Augustin has had a weird career. He’s gone from lottery pick to end-of-bench scrub to super sub for the Bulls last season. He shot 40 percent from 3-point range for Chicago and put together a number of big nights, scoring 20-plus points on 17 different occasions. The price is good, the risk is low and it’s the third player Stan Van Gundy has signed with one specific skill — shooting.
While Augustin will surely plenty of run this season, the Pistons now have four point guards on roster with Brandon Jennings, Augustin, Will Bynum and Peyton Siva. All of those contracts are guaranteed this year except Siva, who could be on his way out unless the Pistons move Bynum between now and July 20.
The Butler signing is a bit puzzling on the outside. The risk, again, is low with only one guaranteed year and a team option for next. The money is steep… that’s all I’ve got with that. Honestly, I thought Butler was washed up before last season. Injuries and inefficiency slowed him, but he was pretty solid for both a bad Bucks team and a good Thunder team.
Detroit wasn’t exactly flush with talent at small forward, even with incumbents Kyle Singler and Luigi Datome along with newly-acquired Cartier Martin. I’m not sure what Butler has left as a player — though he played well in off the bench for Oklahoma City — but by all accounts, he’s a guy who’s going to act like an adult and be good to have in the locker room.
The Pistons roster now sits at 18 players, although the deals of Siva and Josh Harrellson aren’t fully guaranteed yet for the upcoming season.