Steve Blake still an option as Lorenzo Brown tries to stick in Motown
A summer league and training camp staple for the Pistons, Grand Rapids Drive standout Lorenzo Brown is making his strongest case yet for a roster spot. Although the point guard is currently under contract for the upcoming season, the unguaranteed nature of his pact makes him expendable should the team find someone else to fill out the depth chart -- say Steve Blake. MLive's David Mayo relays that Stan Van Gundy & Co. could still bring back the veteran to help add depth at point guard.
Blake, 36, played more minutes than previously expected of him last season, after Spencer Dinwiddie failed to impress the coaching staff, but can the 13-year veteran make his way back onto this year's roster? As previously noted, Brown has been on the fringes of the NBA for the past several years, and has been given several chances at making the Pistons' roster. This past summer league, Zo averaged 14.2 points, 3.6 steals and 3.4 rebounds through 5 games, all the while shooting 53% from the field and 37% from deep. While his passing wasn't on display, he has shown the ability to run an offense in the D-League, where he has averaged 5.4 assists across three different teams in as many seasons.
Could Brown make the final cut? What about Blake? While there are definitely other point guards still available on the market, it seems the Pistons are looking closer to home to help fill the remaining gaps at the 1. If you had to choose between a wily veteran with a pass first mentality or a shoot first young gun looking to stick in the League, who would you pick? Have your say below.
Cameron Bairstow and Spencer Dinwiddie trade ends with both players waived
So much for Spencer Dinwiddie being able to revive his career in Chicago. The former Pistons' third-string point guard was waived by the Bulls, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. As Blog A Bull's Vijay Vemu notes, the Colorado product figured to be the team's third point guard behind new acquisitions Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant, but it seems their front office wasn't high on the idea of keeping the guard around.
This news comes after the Pistons' decision to waive centers Joel Anthony and Cameron Bairstow to help accommodate the signing of San Antonio Spurs bigman and part-time mountain Boban Marjanovic. MLive's David Mayo quotes an internal source who explains that along with the release of both players -- which has yet to be announced -- the team will renounce its rights to Steve Blake. At this point it isn't clear whether Bairstow or Dinwiddie will be able to stick around the League, but defensive anchor Joel Anthony should have no issue finding a team looking to add a dependable veteran center.
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