JULY 23RD, 2:29pm: The deal is official, the Pistons announced via press release.
JULY 16TH, 2:35pm: The Pistons will bring former Magic and Sixers power forward Adonis Thomas to training camp this fall, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press (All Twitter links). Thomas played for Detroit’s summer league team this month. Most camp invitees end up on minimum-salary contracts with little or no guaranteed money, and Ellis indicates that he’ll be fighting for a spot on the opening night roster.
Thomas averaged 8.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game for the summer Pistons. I identified him in my chat Wednesday as a summer leaguer to watch. He scored 14 points in 37 total minutes of regular season NBA action across six games split between Orlando and Philadelphia in the 2013/14 season. The Happy Walters client played for Detroit’s D-League affiliate last year. The 22-year-old who went undrafted out of the University of Memphis in 2013 is no stranger to NBA training camps, having joined the Hawks, Nets and Pacers during preseason the past two autumns.
The Pistons have contracts or agreements with 17 players, and No. 8 overall pick Stanley Johnson is in line to become the 18th once he signs his rookie scale contract. All but Thomas appear to have fully guaranteed arrangements, signaling that more movement on the way for Detroit before opening night.