The Detroit Pistons, minutes after it was announced that they had signed D.J. Augustin, announced that they had signed F Caron Butler to a 2-year $9 million deal with a team option. Butler averaged 10.5 points on 39.4% shooting from deep last season in 56 games split between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Another solid signing on a Sunday night. The Pistons have a gaping hole at the small forward spot and the Butler signing fills it. Butler is an 11-year veteran who can shoot the 3-ball, defends hard, and has a scorer’s mentality. He’s not the same player he was with the Washington Wizards, but Butler can still put the ball in the hoop and he has tons of playoff experience, including winning a ring in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.
Butler’s signing puts an end to that “jumbo front court” idea. With all of the Josh Smith trade rumors that’s come about, he could be on his way out. Greg Monroe is a restricted free agent who is currently weighing his options, so it’s a possibility that Monroe may be gone; although Stan Van Gundy has made re-signing Monroe a huge priority. Either way, once one of them leaves as expected then Butler moves into the starting lineup at small forward with the remaining player between Smith and Monroe starting at power forward.
I really like this signing by Van Gundy. The Pistons were 29th in the league in 3-point shooting and this signing, along with the other signings of Jodie Meeks, Cartier Martin, and Augustin, help the shooting. Too many times this season the Pistons weren’t able to drive the lane or get easy buckets, because of lane cloggers like Smith, Monroe, and Andre Drummond. This has been a pretty solid offseason by Van Gundy and company.