Peyton Siva finding success in the D-League
Seth Curry drops another three in for the Erie Bay Hawks, but what else is new? Steph Curry's younger brother has been tearing up the D-League all season long, and it has culminated in a ten-day call up from the Phoenix Suns. While Curry is the name most associated with the BayHawks and their success, there is someone toiling in the shadows working hard to get him those open looks and running the team like a seasoned point guard: Peyton Siva. As Ridiculous Upside's Keith Schlosser queries: Is Peyton Siva Being Overshadowed With Erie BayHawks This Season?
Siva has always had a special place in the DBB community, as his work ethic, pesky defense and ultimate team-first mentality had many swooning over the potential the former Louisville guard exuded as a pass-first backup in his lone season in Detroit. Unfortunately, the team decided they weren't going to need the 24 year-old floor-general on the roster, and he was waived along with Josh Harrellson prior to the start of the season.
Peyton was picked up by the Orlando Magic along with Seth Curry during training camp, but both were subsequently waived and the Magic's D-League affiliate ‘Hawks were handed their rights. It wasn't Siva's first D-League experience, having spent part of his rookie season leading the Fort Wayne Mad Ants with some very strong performances, where his leadership ability and experience was clear for all to see. Since then, he has taken the reins of Erie, facilitating an offense boasting a junior Splash Brother and an NBA Champion.
So far so good for Siva, as he leads the team to the tune of 13.0 points 6.6 assists (2.8 TOs) and 1.6 steals on a shooting slash of .431/.331/.780. While his hot 3-point shooting with Fort Wayne has subsided, his decision making and passing is still as consistent as his college days with the Cardinals. His play hasn't wowed League executives though, evident in his lack of NBA call ups this year, although he had been previously mentioned as a possible candidate for a Pistons ten-day pact prior to the John Lucas III signing.
With the Pistons season coming to a close, and Motown possibly in the hunt for a fourth point guard, could we see the 2013 NCAA Champion make a Motor City comeback? We've certainly seen more unlikely reunions this year, and I don't believe I am the only one who thinks the 6-foot-1 point guard could put in some quality minutes for the Pistons.
Reggie Jackson the future at the point for Detroit, but at what cost?
Despite putting up some very sub-par numbers since his arrival in Detroit, Reggie Jackson has emerged as the new face of the franchise as Stan Van Gundy looks to mold a team to his specific needs and wants. While it isn't news that the Pistons are looking to include Jackson in a long-term capacity as the team's point guard of the future, his potential price tag has been up for debate, and MLive's David Mayo weighed in on it in his mailbag:
Yes, the Pistons likely would match a $13-14 million-per-year contract for Jackson. Especially with the news this week that the NBA salary-cap explosion is coming in full force for the 2016-17 season, not the following year, teams will try earnestly to get players locked up for the longest periods possible. And the players with the most leverage will do their best to find contracts of the briefest durations, so they aren't locked in when the windfall comes. That the cap explosion comes one year earlier than the league hoped makes it that much more of an objective for teams to sign players to long-term contracts that will become better values after next season. It's an excellent bet that Jackson is going to get a big contract from the Pistons, whether via direct negotiation, matching offer, or mutually agreed-upon sign-and-trade.
Mayo's answer offers some indirect support to dhendricks12's post exploring Greg Monroe's potential interest in returning to Detroit on a one or two year deal, but should Pistons fans be worried that SVG is willing to hand Jackson such a large part of the team's cap space, cap explosion or not?
Reggie's play so far hasn't commended such a substantial pay raise, and locking him up on a long term deal could end up hurting the Pistons' chances of re-signing Brandon Jennings and Greg Monroe, the latter of which wasn't even rumored to have been offered a contract of that size during his restricted free agency negotiations. Whatever financial commitment Reggie Jackson receives from Stan Van Gundy is sure to affect the future of the franchise, and will most definitely determine whether or not the Pistons taste the playoffs for the first time in years. Where do you stand?
Grand Rapids Drive sign Daniel Orton
In a move that will probably not rock the boat either way, the Piston D-League affiliate agreed to terms with center Daniel Orton this week, as Keith Langlois reports. The 24 year-old Orton was drafted 29th overall in 2010 by Otis Smith and Stan Van Gundy's Orlando Magic and has bounced around the League since, logging time with Philadelphia and Oklahoma. He most recently played for the Sixers last season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game.
The former Kentucky player was recently in the news for criticizing Manny Pacquiao's basketball game while playing for Purefoods Star Hotshots in the Philippines Basketball Association. The near-seven footer was promptly dismissed from his team, docked $5000 for slander and conduct unbecoming of a PBA player and banned from playing in their League.
He holds career averages of 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 51 NBA appearances.
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