NBA free agency 2014: Cartier Martin, Pistons agree to 2-year deal

Kevin C. Cox

Stan Van Gundy's effort to improve the Pistons' 3-point shooting continues with the addition of Martin, a career .383 shooter from long distance.

Update: Martin actually agreed to a two-year deal, not one. The second year is a player option.

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a one-year contract with journeyman small forward Cartier Martin, reports Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press confirmed the deal, but salary terms are still not yet known. Martin will turn 30 years in November.

The Pistons will be Martin's sixth team in as many years. He spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with the Atlanta Hawks after a series of 10-day contracts, also appearing in six games with the Chicago Bulls. In 59 games, he averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds. The number that likely caught Stan Van Gundy's eye, though, is .391 -- his 3-point percentage last year on 151 attempts.

Like Jodie Meeks, who reportedly agreed to a 3-year, $19.5 million deal with the Pistons, Martin's primary value is his ability to shoot from long distance. He's a career .383 shooter, and like Meeks, over half of his career field-goal attempts have come from 3-point land.

In addition to a lack of shooting, the Pistons also had a dearth of true small forwards last year, especially with Josh Smith playing out of position. Martin almost certainly won't be considered for a starting job -- he has just 15 career starts in 220 games -- but he should be able to crack the rotation, helping space the floor from the big man rotation that will (hopefully) include Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and (yes, we're probably stuck with him) Josh Smith.

We'll have more to come later -- now your thoughts.

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