Pistons Sign Luka Garza To Two-Way Contract

AUGUST 17: Garza has officially signed his two-way contract with Detroit, according to NBA.com’s transactions log.

AUGUST 16: Rookie big man Luka Garza will sign a two-way contract with the Pistons, sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link).

The No. 52 overall pick in the 2021 draft out of Iowa, Garza was named the Player of the Year as a senior in 2020/21 after averaging 24.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG on .553/.440/.709 shooting in 31 games (31.5 MPG). He was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year and two-time consensus first-team All-American as well.

Garza’s professional career got off to a solid start in Las Vegas, where he has averaged 13.5 PPG and 8.3 RPG in just 19.8 minutes per contest (four games) for Detroit in Summer League play.

The Pistons already have 15 players on guaranteed contracts, with Hamidou Diallo‘s restricted free agency still to be resolved, so it makes sense that the team would dedicate one of its two-way contract slots to Garza rather than trying to squeeze him onto the 15-man regular season roster. Undrafted UCLA swingman Chris Smith is expected to occupy Detroit’s other two-way spot.

The Pistons’ No. 57 overall pick, Balsa Koprivica, remains unsigned without a clear path to a spot on the regular season roster or a two-way deal. It’s possible Detroit intends to stash Koprivica overseas or in the G League.

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