JULY 8: Having completed their deal to acquire Bone over the weekend, the Pistons officially signed him to his two-way contract today, according to a team press release.
JUNE 21: After using the No. 57 pick to draft him on Thursday night, the Pistons will sign Tennessee guard Jordan Bone to a two-way contract, reports Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.
Detroit actually doesn’t hold Bone’s rights yet, since the 57th pick is tied up in a series of transactions that won’t be made official until the new league year begins, but the team reached a deal to acquire his rights in a trade agreement with the Sixers.
In his junior year at Tennessee, Bone emerged as a go-to scorer and play-maker for the team, averaging 13.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 3.2 RPG with a shooting line of .465/.355/.835. He also provided one of the viral-video highlights of draft night, as his draft party was preparing for him not to be selected when he unexpectedly came off the board at No. 57.
In recent years, it has become more common for players drafted in the 50s to sign two-way deals with their new teams, so Bone likely won’t be the only draftee who goes that route. A year ago, four players drafted in the 54-60 range inked two-way contracts.
Elsewhere on the Pistons front, it remains unclear whether No. 37 pick Deividas Sirvydis will be stashed overseas next season. Rolandas Jarutis, the GM of Sirvydis’ Lithuanian team BC Rytas, would prefer to get the buyout right away, so the decision may simply be up to the Pistons, tweets international reporter Donatas Urbonas. It’s also possible Detroit will try to stash Sirvydis in the G League, tweets Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press.
The Pistons have also agreed to a deal with USC forward Bennie Boatwright, tweets Michael Scotto of The Athletic. It’s not clear whether that deal is just for Summer League or if it features a training camp invite as well.
Boatwright, who played four seasons with the Trojans, had his best year as a senior, averaging 18.2 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 2.5 APG with a shooting line of .474/.429/.702.