Pistons officially sign Dwight Buycks to two-way contract

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Dwight Buycks
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 12: Dwight Buycks /

After a couple weeks of speculation surrounding the nature of Dwight Buycks’ contract with the Detroit Pistons, it’s been officially announced as a two-way.

After the Detroit Pistons announced in late July that they had signed Dwight Buycks to a contract, some speculation kicked in as to whether it was a training camp invite, two-way contract or some other deal.

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On Tuesday, we finally got some clarity as the Pistons officially announced Buycks had signed to a two-way contract. The two-way contract is a new feature in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, essentially both expanding the player work force and bolstering the G League (formerly the NBA D-League).

Each team is allowed to sign up to two such contracts which allow players to play for an NBA team’s G League affiliate, but also spend up to 45 days with the parent team while being paid an NBA minimum salary. If a player exceeds that 45 day mark, the team must sign the player to a contract that pays the league minimum salary.

Buycks caught the eye of Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons’ organization in the Orlando Summer League this summer where he averaged almost 18 points per game with the Dallas Mavericks. The 6’3″ guard ran plenty of pick and rolls in the summer league where he scored .892 points per possession which placed him in the 67th percentile for the summer.

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Buycks played his college ball at Marquette, and the 28 year old played most of the past two years in the Chinese Basketball Association with Fujian. He averaged over 25 points per game in the 68 games he played in China.