Pistons Sign Aaron Gray

AUGUST 18TH: The deal is official, the team announced.

JULY 14TH: It’s a minimum-salary arrangement, as Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News tweets.

JULY 7TH: The Pistons and Aaron Gray have reached agreement on a multiyear deal, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). The terms aren’t immediately clear, but it’s presumably a minimum-salary deal for the backup center.

Gray finished last season with the Kings after coming over from Toronto in the Rudy Gay trade, averaging 1.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. He started 40 games for the Raptors in the lockout-shortened 2011/12 season, but he’s spent the majority of his career as a backup.

The 7-foot client of ASM Sports will add bulk to the Pistons reserve unit, perhaps serving as an insurance policy for a spot in the rotation should the team be unable to bring back restricted free agent Greg Monroe. The agreement is an ominous sign for incumbent reserve big man Josh Harrellson, whose non-guaranteed contract becomes fully guaranteed if the Pistons don’t waive him by the end of July 20th. It’s a “safe bet” that the team will move on from Harrellson, tweets Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

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