The Detroit Pistons have several roster holes to fill in this truncated offseason, and one player who might find his way on the team is 2019 second-round pick Deividas Sirvydis.
Sirvydis was taken 37th overall after a series of trades that saw the Pistons go from the 30th overall selection down to the 45th and back up to 37. Sirvydis was selected knowing he would spend some time overseas honing his craft with an eye toward eventually making the Pistons roster.
That day might come sooner than some expected. Just last may, Sirvydis signed a long-term deal with Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem. A new report by Yaakov Meir indicates Sirvydis left Israel to go home to Lithuania as he prepares to fly to Detroit to join the Pistons training camp roster.
Sirvydis received sparse playing time with Hapoel Jerusalem. Whether Sirvydis is coming for training camp only or for a longer engagement is not clear. He played in Detroit’s Summer League last season knowing he would eventually return overseas.
If he does stick with Detroit he’ll be another lanky forward with 3-point range on the roster to go with incumbent guard/forward Svi Mykhailiuk and the team’s newest acquisition Dzanan Musa who came in a trade earlier Monday in exchange for Bruce Brown.
Sirvydis is known for his shooting and quick release and having potential to develop into a reliable defender with decent agility and instincts.