Pistons sign Nikola Jovanovic

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The Pistons will probably use their final regular-season roster spot on a third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish SmithRay McCallum, Lorenzo Brown or Trey Freeman.

But in case Detroit wants another big man…


Nikola Jovanovic signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons.

Jovanovic went undrafted out of USC this year, and he’s most likely destined for the Pistons’ D-League affiliate. Not only would Jovanovic have to prove he’s far more NBA-ready than most realize, shooting guards Michael Gbinije or Darrun Hilliard would have to prove capable of being the third point guard or Stan Van Gundy would have to be comfortable with just two point guards. The odds are against each of those scenarios individually, let alone a combination of them.

At 6-foot-11, Jovanovic used his size and skill to make a difference inside in college. But neither trait stands out enough to translate to the NBA with his subpar athleticism.