Stan Van Gundy has his veteran point guard that he’s been aiming for all free agency period.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, former Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin have agreed on a two-year, $6 million contract.
Free agent guard DJ Augustin has reached a two-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 14, 2014
After being released by Toronto last season, Augustin thrived in the place of Derek Rose and Nate Robinson in Chicago. The point guard revived his career, scoring 15 points per game, while dishing out 5 assists.
Augustin will provide a quality backup behind Brandon Jennings. He could also see some time at shooting guard.
The 9th overall selection in the 2008 draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, had been rumored to return back to Charlotte this offseason.
Wojnarowski reported yesterday that the Hornets and Dallas Mavericks were showing the most interest in the point guard.
Augustin isn’t known for his defensive abilities, but showed some on-ball improvement under Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Besides adding speed to the floor and a keen ability to get to the hoop, one of the things that Augustin does best is take care of the basketball.
The former Texas Longhorn turned the ball over less than 2 times a game last season and has only turned it over more than two times a game once in his six year career.
He’s also averaged 4 assists per game throughout his career.
Augustin also adds more depth to the second worst perimeter offense a year ago. 46% of his shot attempts last year were from long range.
Augustin shot 41% from three point range last season.
Though he will be seen as Brandon Jennings’ backup, it won’t be surprising to see Augustin finish the season averaging 20-25 minutes a game.
D.J. Augustin is the fourth free agent the Pistons have signed this offseason.
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