NBA News 2013: Louisville Cardinals’ Standout Peyton Siva Still Unsigned
(Photo : MATT SULLIVAN/Reuters ) Peyton Siva
The Detroit Pistons are currently in a conundrum on how to retain the rights of former Louisville Cardinals standout and second-round pick Peyton Siva after signing no.8 overall pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Tony Mitchell to their rookie deal.
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Siva, who helped the Cardinals win the National Championship last April, could become an unrestricted free agent if the Pistons are not able to give him a tender offer by September 6.
Prior to signing their two rookies, the Pistons have already loaded up their backcourt rotation by bringing back veteran Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum.
These signings gave the Pistons already five guards in their roster (Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey, Billups, Bynum, and Caldwell-Pope), leaving no room for Siva to have enough playing time on the floor.
Pistons President of Basketball Operation Joe Dumars told Michigan Live he'll try to create an active roster spot for Siva via trade or another method. However, it's unlikely that the Pistons will offer a spot to Siva considering their guard rotation is already stacked up while most of their frontline players - except the expiring contract of Charlie Villanueva - are untradeable.
The Pistons have made several attempts to trade the expiring deals of Stuckey and Villanueva, but no team has dared to bite the trade bait.
Siva, drafted 56th overall last April, averaged 7.8 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals with a nice 6:1.5 assists-turnover ratio for the Pistons at the Orlando Summer League.