The makeover of the Detroit Pistons roster for the 2014-14 season is well underway, as two new members of the roster were officially introduced to Detroit media earlier this afternoon.
D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler will be major contributors to the Detroit Pistons nest season. One day after introducing Jodie Meeks as a member of the Pistons, Stan Van Gundy introduced Butler and Augustin into the mix. Both will compete for starter roles with the team and will play major minutes next season.
Here are the audio highlights from today’s press conference with Augustin, Butler and Pistons coach/president Stan Van Gundy.
Stan Van Gundy started things off by touching on what Augustin and Butler bring to the table for the Pistons.
Butler and D.J. both talked about what it means to be a pistons and the opportunity to play in Detroit.
Stan Van Gundy believes that his team got a bargain when they signed D.J. Augustin to a two-year, six million dollar deal. He believes that his new point guard is one of the best pick and roll guards in the NBA.
There is no doubting that the Pistons needed some veteran leadership a year ago. SVG explains philosophy on veteran leadership and makes it clear that Caron Butler wouldn’t be in Detroit if he couldn’t play major minutes.
Caron Butler will be joining his third team over the last 12 months. The reason for leaving a playoff team like OKC through free agency and leaving Detroit? He believes he has a lot to prove as a player and locker room presence.
Butler also believes that under Stan Van Gundy’s direction, the Pistons could shock the league next year.
D.J. Augustin will play major minutes for Detroit next season, seemingly alongside Brandon Jennings. Augustin talked about the stability he feels with the Pistons and competing with Jennings.
When asked about the competition at small forward, Stan Van Gundy made it clear that every position is open for competition when training camp begins in late September.
From a point guard’s perspective, D.J. Augustin believes that the he will have a lot of weapons to work with in Detroit next season.