A handful of local talent dots the list of free agent mini-camp invitees set to work out for the Detroit Pistons this week.
Jordan Crawford (Communication & Media Arts School), Chris Douglas-Roberts (Cass Tech), and Derrick Nix (Pershing, MSU) are three of 16 players, many of whom hold prior NBA experience, working out in Detroit this week, as confirmed by Rod Beard of the Detroit News.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) June 7, 2016
Such free agent workouts are often used as a means of locating summer league or training camp hopefuls as opposed to discovering long term solutions for the active roster. However, considering the NBA talent participating, nothing remains out of the question.
Since graduating from Michigan State in 2013, Nix has bounced around Europe, playing professional basketball in Latvia, Poland and France. He signed with the Detroit Pistons’ D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive, this past December but was released in mid-February.
After bouncing around the NBA for four years, averaging 12.2 points per game as a high volume shooting guard off the bench, Crawford found a temporary home in China, scoring 72 points in a single game for Tianjin Ronggang in January.
The 29-year-old Chris Douglas-Roberts, meanwhile, has bounced around between five teams over his six-year NBA career. At 6-foot-7, he offers a degree of versatility on the offensive and defensive end, averaging 19.0 points and 1.3 steals for the D-League’s Texas Legends this past season.