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Cartier Martin exercises $1.2 million option, staying with Pistons

Cartier Martin has exercised the second year of his contract with the Detroit Pistons, head coach and team president Stan Van Gundy confirmed on Monday. 

Martin was one of Van Gundy’s first signings when he took over team operations in the summer of 2014. Martin’s option will pay him $1.27 million for the 2015-16 season. 

Struggling through a recurring foot injury for much of the past season, Martin appeared in just 23 games for the Pistons, averaging 1.6 points and less than one rebound per game. Initially acquired for his long-range proficiency, Martin hit just 18.2 percent of his 3-point attempts in 2014-15, down from 39.1 percent a year earlier. 

After picking up his option, Martin now joins the 35-year-old Caron Butler as the lone small forwards currently under contract in Detroit. 

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