Just two weeks ago, Chicago Bulls’ point guard D.J. Augustin signed with the Detroit Pistons. Augustin never wanted to leave the Bulls and they were interested in hanging on to him. However, he couldn’t turn down the two-year, $6 million offer the Pistons made him.
“I really wanted to be back in Chicago, and they really wanted me back. But it didn’t work out, businesswise, and I had to move on,” Augustin told Jame Jahnke of The Detroit Free Press. “Detroit wanted me. I think it will be a good opportunity for me, and I think we’re going to do well.”
The Pistons were surprised they had the chance to bring Augustin in.
“There’s no question about that,” Pistons’ head coach and president Van Gundy said earlier this month. “We were, quite honestly, surprised to have the chance we did to bring D.J. here and are very, very excited about it.
The Bulls signed Denver Nuggets’ point guard Aaron Brooks after Augustin left for the Pistons.
Brooks put up 9.0 points, 3.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game while shooting 40.1% from the field, 38.7% from three and 87.4% from the free throw line for the Nuggets and Houston Rockets last season. Brooks, who has also played for the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. In his career, he’s averaged 11.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41.3% from the field, 36.8% from three and 84.7% from the charity stripe. Augustin averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game while shooting 41.5% from the field, 40.1% from beyond the arc and 88.5% from the free throw line. Over his six-year career, the former Texas Longhorn has played for the Charlotte Hornets (then Bobcats), Indiana Pacers and Bulls. He’s averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40.4% from the floor, 37.7% from three and 87.4% from the charity stripe.
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