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Pistons sign Butler and Augustin

D.J. Augustin is a Piston now.
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The Detroit Pistons came into the offseason with a less than great roster, a new man in charge, and the hope that maybe they could figure out a way to move Josh Smith or Brandon Jennings. So far, they've signed Jodie Meeks and... yeah, that was about it. Now, they've added a couple more veterans, which is what you do when you don't have a first round pick. You sign guys like Caron Butler and D.J. Augustin.

Sure, these deals don't light up the world, and neither Butler nor Augustin is the future of the Detroit Pistons. What happens with Greg Monroe will be more impactful when the time comes. However, both Butler and Augustin can provide some value to the Pistons. Back in the day, Butler was really good, a key cog on some solid Washington teams, and he even made a couple All-Star teams. Now, he's 34, and last season he only had 1.8 Win Shares, although he also only played in 56 regular season games. Butler can shoot threes, and he's always been defensively solid and good for a steal or two a game. It's the end of his career, but the well isn't completely dry.

Augustin is a different story. He's only 29, and he's also a total wild card. It looked like he might be heading out of the league, but then the Bulls picked him up and he averaged almost 15 points per game whilst raining threes and dishing out five assists per contest. He had 6.2 Win Shares and a 16.2 PER, but he had a 1.2 PER and a -0.2 Win Shares in his 10 games with Toronto before moving on to the Bulls. Basically, he's not all that different than Jennings. He's a score first point guard, a guy who gets his own shot and looks for his own shot. However, he can make threes. That much I am confident in, and clearly Stan Van Gundy is looking to surround Andre Drummond with three-point shooters.

Plus, neither of these deals is an issue finances wise. Augustin is getting $3 million a year, and Butler $4.5. That Butler money is a bit much, I reckon, given his age, but both of these deals are only for two years. So, even if neither of these deals work out, the Pistons are only locked in for two years, and they could even trade either of these two next year as expiring deals. Additionally, two years from now is the offseason everybody is looking toward. It's the one with all the free agents and, perhaps, the majorly increased cap space. Stan Van Gundy probably took that into account. He knows what he's doing. He hasn't been able to shake up the world, but that takes time, and it may never happen.