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NBA Free Agency: Pistons Summer League will not change much for FA plans

The Pistons have reportedly finalized their Summer League roster and free agency begins on Friday.

Seamus Payne

Stan Van Gundy reiterated that the Detroit Pistons' 2016 NBA draft picks would not change their plans in free agency. Van Gundy was pretty adamant about that actually. But he also wasn't expecting to get a couple guys who could be ready to contribute right away. Five developmental exhibition games in a crowded gym in Orlando Summer League? Oh, that could make a difference.

But not much at all.

Here's SVG via the Freep (emphasis mine):

We'll go down there, and barring injury we'll start [Michael Gbinije] at the point. With Darrun and Stanley and see how it goes. I want to see him in that situation. Not to evaluate him as a player, because position isn't really important. We'll find a place for him, but it could affect what we do in free agency in a minor way. [...]

"Michael can play three positions, we think. His size and everything else. How much point guard he can play to the question of do we sign just one point guard? That's a question that I think we'll sort out in Summer League. That will be a good thing for us to look at coming out of Summer League. We know he's a good player, but if we think he could be ready to be our third point guard we would only go out and sign one. If we think he's more of a wing and it's going to take time as a point guard we'd probably go out and sign another."

"We still plan hard on signing a backup point guard."

So there you have it. In addition to a backup point guard or two, the Pistons also want to add a couple bigs. They're bringing anybody who has to duck when entering a normal-sized doorway to Orlando with them (except Matt Watson).

To date, here is the Pistons' Summer League roster:

Henry Ellenson
Michael Gbinije
Stanley Johnson (yes, he's playing)
Darrun Hilliard
Lorenzo Brown
Phil Pressey
Kaleb Tarczewski
Jordan Bachynski
Derrick Nix
Jarvis Varnado
Kadeem Jack
Brandon Davies
NIkola Jovanovic
Eric Buckner

The Pistons begin Summer League play on Saturday, July 2 at 3 p.m. ET against the KnicksFull schedule is here.

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