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Pistons sign (and then waive) guard Ryan Boatright

He will play for the Grand Rapid Drive.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons signed another guard, Ryan Boatright, to an already maxed out roster. Is a trade imminent? Did Steve Blake have another setback with his concussion after making his debut in the preseason finale? What's the real reason Reggie Jackson didn't play? Is Spencer Dinwiddie getting clipped? Ahhhh--relax.

Turns out, the plan is to waive Boatright during the 48-hour window during which each team has to trim its roster to 15 by Monday. After Boatright clears waivers, the Pistons will assign him to the Grand Rapids Drive.

After four years at the University of Connecticut (he played his freshman year with Andre Drummond), Boatright was the smallest player at the NBA draft combine this year -- all 5-foot-11, 170 lbs of him -- and proceeded to go undrafted. He got picked up by the Brooklyn Nets for training camp and in four preseason games averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 assists in over 13 minutes per game. The Nets cut him loose on Tuesday.

Boatright averaged that same 3.8 assists in his four years at UConn -- in 34 minutes per game. In his senior year, though, he averaged 17 points while knocking down 41 percent of his 209 threes, so I guess there's some potential there that Stan Van Gundy wanted to stash.

UPDATE: As expected, the Pistons waived Boatright almost as soon as they signed him.