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Reports: Pistons signing Caron Butler, D.J. Augustin

Jul 14, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

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The Pistons shot 32.1 percent on 3-pointers last season, finishing 29th in the league.

Considering they bested only the 76ers, the Pistons practically finished last among legitimate NBA teams.

New Detroit president/coach Stan Van Gundy values outside shooting, and he keeps upgrading in free agency. His top signings – including the two most-recent additions – shot very very well from beyond the arc last season:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Caron Butler has agreed to sign a deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to a source.

The source told that the deal is for two years in the range of $10 million

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent guard D.J. Augustin has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Butler’s overall game has deteriorated, but his 3-point shooting has come on strong in recent years. At 34, he likely must accept that spot-up role. Paying $10 million over two years for that seems costly, but the second year is a team option, according to Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. (I’d guess it’s actually unguaranteed, but either way, the Pistons aren’t committed.)

Augustin, who averaged 14.9 points and 5.0 assists per game with the Bulls, finished second among reserves in win shares last season. He really showed an ability to inject life into a stagnant offense.

With Josh Smith likely moving primarily back to power forward after a disastrous season at small forward and Brandon Jennings the incumbent point guard, Butler and Augustin each have a chance to start. That speaks both to their abilities and Detroit’s roster.

The Pistons now have nine players with guaranteed contracts, two with unguaranteed contracts, five incoming free agents, an unsigned second-round pick and the right to match any offer for restricted free agent Greg Monroe. Even waiving the two players with unguaranteed contracts, Peyton Siva* and Josh Harrellson, still puts the Pistons on track for 16 players – if Monroe returns.

*Siva’s contract was set to become guaranteed Sunday, according to, and there has been no word on the Pistons waiving him. However it’s possible the Pistons and Siva agreed to postpone the guarantee date.

You don’t let a player of Monroe’s caliber leave just to sign these players or Aaron Gray, Detroit’s other offseason signing. The Pistons might have a trade in the works, or they could eat the guarantee salary of Tony Mitchell or Will Bynum. It’s even possible they could waive both, opening the door for one more outside signing.

Most likely, though, handling Monroe is the Pistons’ last remaining free-agent move now.

  1. loubearkane - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    DJ is a great signing and 2 for 6M great signing

  2. cheeks9441 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    The Pistons were 29th in the NBA in 3-point shooting and added 4 quality shooters. The Sixers ranked 30th and added nobody who can shoot.

    As a Sixers fan, I’m actually on board with their general tanking strategy. But jeez, one capable shooter wouldn’t hurt.

  3. campcouch - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    So exactly what IS Van Gundy building?

    • patsmiley - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      He’s aiming for the #1 3point shooting team

    • csbanter - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      a team that will finish 37-45 and end up in the nba draft lottery.

  4. sonnysuave - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Geez… Bulls let go of a solid player that exceeded everyone’s expectation last year! First… they let go of Nate Robinson, and now DJ. 2 solid guards that have proven valuable, when DRose has gone down. Hinrich is a solid defender… but for the Bulls to resign an aging Hinrich, over a younger DJ? Smh.

    • loubearkane - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      DJ was on the street when the Bulls signed him , that’s what they do get players who don’t perform up-coach them and then they get paid somewhere else. I like DJ but he probably wanted playing time and wouldn’t get it behind Rose & Hinrich. They signed Hinrich for his defense and Rose is a Hinrich fan.

  5. csbanter - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    They could’ve kept Joe Dumars to make these dumb moves

    • frank433 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Dumars would have signed Butler for 4/$35 and Augestine 3/$12

  6. weaselpuppy - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Still time to dump JSmoove for Nash’s expiring….

    but in the meantime at least SVG is making moves.

    • paleihe - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Ha, what makes you think the Lakers, who are looking to add game-changing free agents, would trade an expiring Nash for three more years of Josh Smith?

      Oh, and he plays the same position as their first round pick, Randle.

      Won’t happen.

  7. metrocritical - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Joe Dumars’ blueprint slowly, steadily created a team of unwatchable misfit losers that couldn’t shoot or defend. SVG’s 2014 Pistons may lose but they are likely to do so with a bit more style and spirit.

  8. Damidwesterner - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Local paper said that Siva’s summer league performance is adding to the tough decision there, and Tony Mitchell’s performance hasn’t been anything to write home about. Seemed lost so far.

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