Pistons waive Danny Granger, roster now set

As has been widely speculated since his arrival, the Pistons announced Monday afternoon that they have waived forward Danny Granger.

The 32-year-old Granger, acquired from Phoenix alongside Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock in July, was absent from training camp and never appeared in a Pistons uniform, opting instead to remain in Phoenix to continue rehabilitation on a plantar fasciitis injury on his left foot.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Granger still needs approximately one month of rehab before he’s ready to return to action for an NBA team.

An NBA All-Star at his peak, Granger’s production has declined steeply since suffering from a rash of knee issues beginning in 2012. Once capable of averaging 26 points a night for the duration of an NBA season, Granger averaged just 6.3 points per game for the Miami Heat in 2014-15.

The release of Granger means the Pistons have officially trimmed down their 20-man training camp roster to the league-mandated 15 just in time for Tuesday’s opener in Atlanta. Jordan Bachynski, Adonis Thomas, and Cartier Martin were all released last Friday while Eric Griffin was let go earlier in the preseason.

The Pistons likely would have preferred to unload Granger via trade as a money saving venture. Instead, Detroit will eat Granger’s $2.1 million salary for the 2015-16 season. The Pistons are similarly on the hook for Martin’s $1.3 million. Those deals, combined with Josh Smith’s salary (the Pistons still owe Smith $5.4 million each year until 2020), means Detroit will be dishing out close to $9 million this season to three players no longer on the team.

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Detroit Pistons 2015-16 Opening Night Roster

# Name Pos. Age Ht. Wt. College 15-16 Salary
50 Joel Anthony C 33 6-9 245 UNLV $2,500,000
12 Aron Baynes PF 28 6-10 260 Washington State $6,500,000
22 Steve Blake PG 35 6-3 172 Maryland $2,170,465
25 Reggie Bullock SF 24 6-7 205 North Carolina $1,252,440
5 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 22 6-5 205 Georgia $2,891,760
8 Spencer Dinwiddie PG 22 6-6 200 Colorado $845,059
Andre Drummond C 22 6-11 279 Connecticut $3,272,091
6 Darrun Hilliard II SF 22 6-6 205 Villanova $600,000
23 Ersan Ilyasova PF 28 6-10 235  Turkey $7,900,000
1 Reggie Jackson PG 25 6-3 208 Boston College $13,913,044
7 Brandon Jennings PG 26 6-1 169  Oak Hill Academy $8,344,497
3 Stanley Johnson SF 19 6-7 245 Arizona $2,841,960
20 Jodie Meeks SG 28 6-4 210 Kentucky $6,270,000
13 Marcus Morris PF 26 6-9 235 Kansas $5,000,000
43 Anthony Tolliver PF 30 6-8 240 Creighton $3,000,000
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