Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons have decided to pick up the team options on both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($3.6M) and Reggie Bullock's ($2.2M) contracts for the 2016-2017 season the team has announced, per Pistons.com:
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has exercised team options on the contracts of guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forward Reggie Bullock.
In two seasons with the Pistons, Caldwell-Pope has appeared in 162 games (123 starts) averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in 25.7 minutes per game. He led the team in 3-pointers made (153), total minutes (2,587) and minutes per game (31.5) last season. Caldwell-Pope was named to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2015. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard was selected by Detroit in the first round (#8 overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Bullock was acquired by Detroit on July 9 from the Phoenix Suns. He appeared in six preseason games with the Pistons and averaged 10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. Drafted by the Clippers with the 25th overall selection in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, Bullock owns career averages of 2.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 9.3 minutes in 79 games.
While there isn't much surprise regarding Motown's decision to guarantee Pope's contract, the inclusion of Bullock on the team's 2017 payroll answers a few questions regarding the swing man's future with the Pistons, and further highlights how highly the team thinks of him after a consistent and efficient performance in training camp. It certainly seems Reggie Jackson isn't the only Reggie to have found a home in Detroit.
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