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Pistons waive Lorenzo Brown, keep Ray McCallum

The Pistons have found their guy to backup Ish Smith to start the season while Reggie Jackson is out.

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The Pistons have decided to keep Ray McCallum and waive Lorenzo Brown, according to Keith Langlois.

It was a close battle to see who would get the Pistons’ third point guard spot on the roster. An added bonus to that job is that they will be the backup to Ish Smith to start the season while Reggie Jackson recovers from his treatment for knee tendinitis.

The Pistons had until 5 p.m. today to make their decision, so they obviously thought long and hard about this.

McCallum averaged 5 points per game, 3 rebounds per game and 4 assists per game during the preseason. Brown averaged 5 points, 3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Neither player really stood out as they both had very similar production. Obviously Stan Van Gundy saw something in McCallum that he liked better.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Brown. It is late in the process, so he might have trouble catching on with a new team. Teams have to have their final 15-man roster finalized by Monday.

Brown very well could be back with the Pistons’ D-League team the Grand Rapids Drive. He has spent the last two seasons there and knows the team well. If something were to happen to one of the other Pistons’ point guards, he would be a call away.

What are your thoughts DBB? Do you think Brown should have made it over McCallum or did Stan Van Gundy choose the right guy?