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Pistons Sign Ryan Boatright

The Pistons have signed point guard Ryan Boatright, the team announced via a press release. Detroit intends to waive Boatright and assign him to its D-League affiliate in Grand Rapids, Vincent Ellis of The Detroit Free Press reports (via Twitter). Teams can retain the D-League rights for up to four players.

The Suns, Hornets and Blazers were also reportedly interested in Boatright, whom the Nets waived Tuesday. The undrafted point guard from Connecticut performed well during limited preseason action, averaging 4.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.0 turnover in 13.9 minutes per game. His career NCAA numbers were 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, with a slash line of .416/.380/.794.

The addition of Boatright raises the Pistons’ roster count to 17 players, including 16 with fully guaranteed pacts. The team is expected to waive veteran Danny Granger, who along with Boatright, would reduce the team’s roster to the regular season maximum of 15 once they are indeed let go.

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10 thoughts on “Pistons Sign Ryan Boatright

  1. aarongill

    I’m kind of pissed he signed with a team that already has two good guards even if he he is going to the d league

    • Eddie Scarito

      As thin as the Knicks are in the backcourt, you’d think they’d be interested. Even if it was for their own D-League squad.

      • aarongill

        There’s some teams that could give him a shot. Sixers. Lakers as a third string. Suns as a third string

      • CTBrowns

        He’s not that great. Saw him three years at UCONN; his play fell off markedly this year w/o Napier.

      • OrangeCrush

        Hope not.

  2. DannyBoi

    He’d be a good third stringer for the Maine Red Claws!

    • OrangeCrush

      5th string!
      He is not an NBA player, on a good day DLeague!

  3. drdenton

    Why not start Granger on IR and hope he turns into T-Mac after he returned? He could also be a trade bait throw in when they make a mid-season trade. Why assume he will be waived? Wouldn’t they have done it by now?

    • Eddie Scarito

      Not an assumption. Van Gundy has already gone on record saying Granger was likely to be waived if a trade couldn’t be worked out. Also, since his deal is fully guaranteed, it doesn’t matter financially when he is waived, unlike players with guarantee dates that kick in during the season or on opening night. The team does need to get down to 15 players by Monday’s deadline…so expect something to happen by then.

  4. Dana Gauruder

    Real surprised by this move, given the Pistons’ glut at point guard. Got a feeling they’re going to make a trade before opening night.

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