The Pistons are signing Grand Rapids Drive center Donta Hall to a 10-day contract, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.
The Pistons are signing Donta Hall from Grand Rapids in the @nbagleague to a 10-day deal, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 22, 2020
Hall is a 6-foot-9 center who has spent all of this season with the Drive. He was on the Pistons Summer League team and also spent time with the team during training camp. He has put up some very good numbers in the G-League this season. He is averaging 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, and 1.1 steals on 67% (!) shooting from the field and 76% from the free throw line.
With the buyout of Markieff Morris, who is expected to sign with the Lakers, the Pistons were in need of another big man, so this move makes a lot of sense. Hall has been around the team and the Pistons clearly like him if they signed him to their G-League affiliate.
I thought the Pistons could maybe use this roster spot to sign one of their two-way players to a contract, Louis King or Jordan Bone, but both players do still have NBA days left on their two-way deals. The plan could be to take a look at Hall and the recently signed Derrick Walton Jr on their 10-day contracts and then use one of their roster spots to sign one of the two-way players. Or maybe the Pistons do not see either of Bone or King as a part of the future (this is unlikely).
This is a great opportunity for Hall to prove that he belongs in the NBA in a pretty stress-free environment at this point. The expectations are low for the team, and the youth movement combined with him only being on a 10-day contract means he could get an opportunity for some decent minutes.
Maybe Hall can play well enough to earn himself a spot on next year’s roster, which will likely feature a lot of young players.