One of the first things former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy wanted to do when he was named head coach and president of the Detroit Pistons, was find a shooting guard.
The Pistons have been tied to Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson, who are unrestricted free agents, as well as Boston Celtics’ guard Avery Bradley, who is a restricted free agent. Bradley seemed like the only realistic possibility and even that was viewed as a bit of a long shot.
Although they didn’t show much interest in those players, the Pistons quickly found their man.
In fact, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Pistons found two guards, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $19.5 million with Los Angeles Lakers’ free agent Jodie Meeks and a one-year deal with Atlanta Hawks’ swingman Cartier Martin.
Free-agent guard Jodie Meeks has reached agreement on a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Free-agent forward Cartier Martin has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pistons, too, sources told Yahoo Sports.
Meeks is the first free-agent signing for new Pistons president Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower. Detroit has been desperate to add shooting to its roster.
Meeks had far and away the best season of his career last year. He averaged 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 46.3% from the floor, 40.1% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the free throw line. Martin put up 5.6 points 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 42.0% from the field, 39.1% from downtown and 73.8% from the charity stripe.