Detroit Pistons sign Deividas Sirvydis to a three-year deal

Deividas Sirvydis during summer league practice for the Detroit Pistons in Las Vegas, July 3, 2019.Deividas Sirvydis
Deividas Sirvydis during summer league practice for the Detroit Pistons in Las Vegas, July 3, 2019.Deividas Sirvydis /

Deividas Sirvydis is finally set to play for the Detroit Pistons. What should we expect to see?

The Detroit Pistons selected Deividas “Dave” Sirvydis in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft, and at the time it was immediately assumed he’d become a draft-and-stash, with no clear idea as to when fans will actually see him play.

Sure enough, a year went by and we hadn’t heard a whisper about him. However, a few weeks ago it was reported that he was traveling to the United States but if was never fully clear as to why. Finally, we have our answer.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported today that Sirvydas has officially signed a three-year contract with Detroit. The third year on the deal is not guaranteed.

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The 6’9′ shouting guard/small forward drew interest from several NBA teams based on his ability to shoot from the perimeter and space the floor. His sheer size and length makes him an interesting option on the wing.

He’s also only 20 years old, so he blends perfectly into the Pistons’ infusion of youth. He’s played his entire career overseas, and is a career 41.7 percent three-point shooter on relatively low volume.

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Fans shouldn’t expect to see Sirvydas in the rotation much (if at all) this season however. His rawness as a prospect may be a bit too much at the NBA level. However, he also wasn’t signed to a two-way contract.

Given the dozens of moves that Troy Weaver has executed within the last few weeks, I’m sure we’ll get more clarity on his role moving forward within the coming weeks.

His frame and style of play makes him out to be Dzanan Musa 2.0 for Detroit, which is an interesting thing to think about. If Sirvydas shares the same confidence, then we’re in for quite the ride.

The Pistons have maintained that they want to hold some form of competitiveness while also steering the ship on the development of their young guys.

With a mixed bag of seasoned veterans and 20-some year olds on the roster, Sirvydas could either slip right into the mix, or he could be a bench observer for a year.

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