Pistons have also waived both Josh Harrellson and Peyton Siva.
Pistons renounced Rodney Stuckey, Chauncey Billupps and Charlie Villanueva.
They’ll effectively be replaced by D.J. Augustin (an upgrade from Siva) and Aaron Gray (a downgrade from a healthy Harrellson). Not that the moves need should be judged as a package, but I’m happy overall with the swaps. Augustin is the only impact player of the four.
Stan Van Gundy is shuffling the back of the roster to get in his guys, and throughout Van Gundy’s tenure so far, fit has been an important consideration.
Renouncing Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva and Chauncey Billups were expected formalities to clear cap room for the new free-agent additions. The Pistons can still re-sign those three. (Why?) They just can’t use bird rights to do so.