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Report: Zaza Pachulia signs one-year deal with Detroit Pistons

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At least one member of the Golden State Warriors championship core is moving away from the team.

Fifteen-year NBA veteran Zaza Pachulia has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. That figure represents a minimum salary contract for Pachulia given his experience.

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Pachulia’s advanced statistics suggest that he is still a useful player, although his age and minutes might dictate how much of an impact he has on the box score this coming season for the Pistons. Detroit already has several star forwards, including Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, and they have useful backups like Jon Leuer.

What the Pachulia’s role will be at this time in his career and for a team that is not expected to contend for a championship is unclear. However, getting a veteran presence on the Pistons is a solid move for Dwane Casey as he tries to reform the culture of the team in his own vision.

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Report: Avery Bradley returning to Clippers for two-years, $25 million

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Last season was a rough one for Avery Bradley.

The fit with the Pistons’ offense was not smooth, he struggled with turnovers so Stan Van Gundy shipped him out to the Clippers as part of the Blake Griffin trade. Los Angeles was supposed to be a chance for Bradley to correct course, but injuries cut his time on the court in L.A. short.

The Clippers must have seen something they liked, they are bringing him back, something is broken by Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Bradley will split time at the two guard spot with Lou Williams (Bradley will probably start, Williams was the Sixth Man of the Year). He could play a little three in a small-ball lineup.

If he gets healthy and back to form, this is a quality signing at a fair price for the Clippers. Los Angeles is not going to be tanking, this is still a solid lineup from Patrick Beverley at the point through Marcin Gortat at the five. Not sure they make the playoffs in a brutal West, but it’s a good lineup.

Glenn Robinson III reportedly agrees to two-year deal with Pistons

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Forget LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard for a minute. There are still smaller contracts to be handed out around the NBA as teams try to fill out their rosters and develop young talent.

Apparently feeling as though they needed some young guard help, the Detroit Pistons have reportedly agreed to a contract with Glenn Robinson III. Robinson, son of former NBAer Glenn Robinson, last played with the Indiana Pacers.

Robinson has played for three teams in four seasons in the NBA, making Detroit his next stop.

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Although not a starting-level player just yet, Robinson’s advance numbers have shown some promise as he has progressed over the past few seasons. In the wake of letting Stan Van Gundy go, Detroit is trying to both rebuild its roster and reset a team culture under new superstar Blake Griffin.

The contract is pretty friendly at $4 million a year, and the Pistons get a team option in the second year to get rid of Robinson if they decide he’s not up to snuff or if they simply want to go in another direction.

Robinson should get the opportunity for some nice run, and for Detroit they get to save some of their mid-level exception. It’s a low-risk, win-win signing.

Report: If DeAndre Jordan opts in, he and Clippers would work together to find trade before deadline

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Even after they kept him past the trade deadline, DeAndre Jordan‘s future with the Clippers still looked perilous.

That won’t change by him exercising his $24,119,025 player option, either.

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Even if Jordan opts in to the deal, the Clippers and Jordan would work together to find a trade out of Los Angeles, preferably well before the February trade deadline.

Jordan is reportedly trying to have his cake and eat it too, attempting to coordinate an opt-in-and-trade. At this point, that’d be ideal for all parties. The Clippers – who’ve already moved on from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick – want to start a new chapter, and they already traded for a replacement in Marcin Gortat. Jordan would get his money. And the other team, by virtue of participating in the deal, would get a good center it wants.

But finding a satisfactory trade between the Clippers and a Jordan-approved team won’t be simple.

Without an opt-in-and-trade set, Jordan opting in wouldn’t mean the Clippers automatically trade him. They might not find desirable return for the soon-to-turn-30 center with a high salary and only one season until unrestricted free agency. Merely the Clippers and Jordan agreeing a trade is generally in both their best interests doesn’t mean another team cooperates.

If an opt-in-and-trade can’t be reached by Friday’s deadline, I’d advise Jordan just to opt in. This is probably his last chance to earn such a high salary. Maybe he still gets traded, though he wouldn’t hold nearly as much say in the destination. Even if he spends the whole season in L.A., how bad could it be?

But if Jordan truly wants to pick his next team and no opt-in-and-trade is struck, opting out is the only way to ensure it.

Clippers’ Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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This was a runaway.

There were other good sixth men this past season — Eric Gordon, Fred Van Vleet, Will Barton — but Lou Williams was in a class of his own. With Chris Paul gone and Blake Griffin traded mid-season, more and more responsibility fell on Williams, and he lived up to it, averaging 22.6 points and 5.3 assists per game, at times carrying the Los Angeles offense.

Monday night in Los Angeles, Williams was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the second time in his career.

Williams is one of those forgotten second-round picks that turns out to be a special player in the league for a long time. At age 31 and after 13 NBA seasons, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Williams ran away with the voting, having 97 first-place votes out of the 101 cast by select media members. In second was Eric Gordon (3 first place votes) followed in order by Fred Van Vleet (1), Will Barton, and Wayne Ellington.