• Detroit Pistons agree to a deal with seven-foot big man Aaron Gray

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    aaron grayAfter adding free agent guards Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin to the roster last week, we knew it was only a matter of time before the Detroit Pistons made another roster addition. Well on Monday afternoon, the Pistons made another addition, according to reports, Pistons have agreed to a deal with big man Aaron Gray.

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    The news was first reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

    At seven-foot and 270 pounds, Gray will obviously bring great height and size to the Pistons back-court but after that I am not expecting him to bring much to the Pistons besides depth.

    Since joining the league back in 2007, Gray has played for four NBA teams and he has career averages of three points and three rebounds. So I wouldn’t count on the 29 year-old for much, seeing that he has a tendency to get into foul trouble at times and turn the ball over. If that’s enough, he also doesn’t offer much scoring or consistent rebounding numbers.

    However, he can be useful when it comes to providing star center Andre Drummond with some much-needed rest when he needs it, which is basically why I feel the Pistons decided to sign him.

    Now as of right now, we do not know the details on Gray’s deal with the Pistons. Dan Feldman of NBCSports, speculates that Gray’s deal could  be a minimum-salary deal but adds that regardless of the deal, Pistons will have to probably waive players, particularly back-up big man Josh Harrellson who out last season with a knee injury.

    “I’d think this is a minimum-salary deal, but it still limits the Pistons’ flexibility. They have 11 players under contract, terms reached with Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin, a qualifying offer out to Greg Monroe and the rights to second-round pick Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Gray makes 16 players with a roster limit of 15 when the regular season begins.

    Maybe Gray’s contract is not guaranteed, but the Pistons could waive other players without penalty. They needn’t offer Dinwiddie a contract, though they knew he was injured when they drafted him, so I’m sure they’ll keep him. Peyton Siva’s contract doesn’t become guaranteed until July 13 and Josh Harrellson’s isn’t until July 21.

    Perhaps both players will get waived, though this likely at least spells the end of Harrellson’s tenure with the Pistons. Like Gray, Harrellson is a center – though much younger and possessing of more refined offensive skill, including 3-point range. If the 25-year-old Harrellson is healthy, I’d definitely prefer him. He’s played just 75 NBA games and has never gotten a great chance to prove himself, though he’s flashed potential.” – Dan Feldman of NBCSport.com

    I’m inclined to agree with Feldman on this one. Despite having injury issues last season, I actually thought Harrellson had a decent chance to stay on the Pistons roster mainly because he is a talented three-point shooter which is a skill that I know head coach Stan Van Gundy likes in his big man.

    Hopefully, we will learn the terms of Gray’s deal soon but until that time, all we can do speculate. Nonetheless, as free agency continues, it will be interesting to see what other moves the Pistons make. Remember that free agents cannot sign officially until a league-mandated moratorium ends on July 10, so for now these are confirmed agreements.

    In other news, the Pistons also named Brian Wright as the assistant general manager, for more info on him, take a look at Piston beat writer Vincent Goodwill editorial below.

    “The Pistons named Brian Wright assistant general manager. Wright spent the last eight years with the Orlando Magic, most recently as director of scouting.

    He replaces George David, who replaced current Magic assistant GM Scott Perry in Detroit. Perry was close with Wright, one of the few holdovers from Van Gundy’s days in Orlando.

    Van Gundy promised diversity on his staff, and Wright is the first African-American hire of his Pistons’ regime. Former Michigan player Mark Hughes, current New York Knicks executive, was also considered for the job.

    “I’m excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and begin working with the staff,” Wright said in a statement. “I firmly believe in the basketball vision that Stan and Jeff have outlined for the organization and look forward to being a part of that process.” – Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News

    Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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