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Terrico White announces on Twitter that he won’t be back with the Pistons

Terrico White, we hardly knew ya. Via his Twitter page:

Just got the news from @detroitpistons that they letting me go. Really didn’t get a chance because of injury. Putting it in God hands now.

This probably means White won’t count against the cap. Dan Feldman explained White’s contract situation, and how it was complicated by the lockout, here.

White never got on the court for the Pistons last year after a preseason injury. He’s a freakish athlete who would intrigue NBA teams if he can prove to be a point guard. Unfortunately, the Pistons drafted Brandon Knight to be their point guard of the future, they still have Will Bynum on the roster and they have indicated they hope to have Rodney Stuckey back. Chances are White would not get the minutes he needs to develop here.

Now, I know a lot of fans have seen the few White highlights that are out there and were excited about his potential as an athlete. But keep in mind, it’s rare for second round picks to materialize into legit NBA players and in White’s case, his injury probably cost him his best shot at getting any kind of prolonged playing time since the team was so bad last year. Oh, and for the people who love to play the, “OMG! Detroit could’ve totally drafted player x instead of player y!” game … Landry Fields was the only player taken after White in 2010 who did much as a rookie.

I’m sure the reasoning for the move and potential salary and roster implications will be better explained when the team announces it. If this was in the works, it makes more sense now why the Pistons invited D-League point guard Walker Russell Jr. to camp.

27 Comments

  • Dec 7, 201111:59 pm
    by Roman

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    I saw the tweet your’re talking about, but is that even a verified account for him, because all the other piston players who have acccounts have been verified that it is actually them. I know we have other guards but I thought at least they would bring him to camp to see if he has healed completley from is injury, and to see what he can do at full strength. I at least was hoping they would actually test him out before just flat out realeasing him.

    • Dec 8, 20119:07 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      It isn’t verified, but I know the account has posted videos and things of White working out in the past. Not sure how someone who isn’t White would get access to those types of things.

  • Dec 8, 201112:02 am
    by Adams

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    fuck my life

  • Dec 8, 201112:04 am
    by Daye and Knight

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    I would have loved to see what White could do, especially since we’re not 100% sure that Rodney is coming back. Well, hopefully he finds a team that will give him a chance. I think he would have been a nice option B if Stuckey didn’t come back.

  • Dec 8, 201112:12 am
    by gmehl1977

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    That would be me saying OMG we could’ve drafted player x instead of player y Patrick you sarcastic mofo. Seriously though i think the main reason piston fans will question why Terrico was drafted with pick 36 is because they would of rather of drafted a project big. Yeah Landry Fields (pick 39 – Knicks) would of been great to have but another big body like Jerome Jordan (pick 44 – Bucks) or Tiny Gallon (pick 47 – Bucks) or Derrick Character (pick 68- Lakers) would of been better. With all the guards we already had on the roster which was compacted by the McGrady signing it was a head scratcher to a lot of fans.

    • Dec 8, 20119:10 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      The difference, though, is that White was projected at one time as a top 20 pick. Those big men were projected as second round talents, and last year, none really looked all that impressive. Caracter and Gallon had some moments in D League and Jordan did OK overseas, but all still have big time flaws. Missing on a second rounder is not a big deal at all. Teams miss on second rounders all the time. A very tiny percentage ever turn into legit contributors.

  • Dec 8, 20111:34 am
    by frankie d

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    BS!
    that was a draft with lots of big men taken in the second round. i will check the list later. but guys like character, afted by LA, were available, the last thing the pistons needed was another combo guard and joe drafts a combo guard.
    horrible choic
    ii

    e w
    hen made and his release confirms that fact.
    another example of wasted draft picks.

    • Dec 8, 20119:05 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      The only two players drafted after White who made any impact whatsoever last year were Fields and Dwayne Collins, and Collins just barely qualifies. There were a lot of project big men — Caracter, Jarvis Varnado, Jerome Jordan, Dexter Pittman — who either barely played last year or didn’t even make a roster as rookies. Samardo Samuels played a bit as an undrafted FA for Cleveland, but it’s not like he missed out on anyone other than Fields who looks like a potential rotation player in that draft.

      • Dec 8, 201111:57 am
        by freywagg

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        They’re called project big men for a reason Patrick. Saying we didn’t miss out on anything special because a project didn’t accomplish anything last year is silly.
        Fact of the matter is Terrico is most likely done because we have a roster stuffed full of guards (under-performing ones to boot). Whether or not Caracter, Varnado, Jordan, or Pittman turn out to be any good is yet to be determined. Any of them would likely still be on the roster though, getting a chance to learn from someone like Ben before he rides off into the sunset. We could still be taking the time to evaluate them and see what our coaches can do to develop them.
        The fact that missing on a second round pick isn’t “a big deal” doesn’t mean teams at the bottom of the league should be tossing them away left and right.

        • Dec 8, 201112:13 pm
          by Patrick Hayes

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          “The fact that missing on a second round pick isn’t “a big deal” doesn’t mean teams at the bottom of the league should be tossing them away left and right.”

          Dumars has a decent success rate on late first and second round picks. It’s one of the things he’s done an OK job of. Now, the team has another big flaw — that talent hasn’t been developed here in most cases. But Dumars has found Prince, Okur, Amir Johnson, Afflalo, Jerebko, Delfino and even Maxiell with the 20th pick or later. All of those guys are or were at one time rotation players in the NBA. Something is missing in the player evaluation to player development step, and Dumars as well as the coaching staffs over the years are to blame for that. But I’m not fretting much that they took a chance on a player with lottery pick athleticism in White. He didn’t pan out. It would be nice if he did, but it’s not a big loss. Chances are, anyone selected at that pick would not pan out because so few second rounders ever develop into anything useful.

  • Dec 8, 20112:25 am
    by ryan

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    I try to stay positive but it’s been very difficult for a long time, especially when you get into how badly we drafted in recent years (Austin Daye over Jrue Holiday WTF??) and how often we’ve dumped guys without developing them. it’s as if management wants to burn us twice.

    • Dec 8, 20111:43 pm
      by tarsier

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      You can’t just compare a guy to the best player drafted over him. Comparehim to the average player drafted around there. And then it’s possible that Daye was a bit below average. But not a horrible pick. Otherwise how many teams are terrible drafters for taking whoever ahead of Manu Ginobili?

  • Dec 8, 20113:04 am
    by James Philyaw

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    Do u think the Pistons should try and go and sign David West? i mean I know he was injured but lets just say he can go back to the begining of last season(1st half0 play like that for an whole season would he be worth going after? I see that Butler is not going to even watse his time talking to Pistons so why not try and get West. What do u guys think?

    • Dec 8, 20113:13 am
      by DVS

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      We’ll have to pay a premium for West, who is too old and does nothing for our future. Sure he may help us win a few extra games, maybe even scrape into 8th seed, but that just ruins our chance at cashing in on one of the deepest drafts in recent history.
      No more vets please. Let the young guys play and lets get a high pick for the draft.

    • Dec 8, 20119:11 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      No, West will probably command a contract starting at about $9-$10 million per year at least. The Pistons can’t afford that.

  • Dec 8, 20113:10 am
    by DVS

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    Not to start this whole thing up again… but the BG signing is just constantly hurting the Pistons.
    Obviously the cap room he’s taking up is ridiculous, but then you have a guy like Afflalo being traded for nothing because of lack of minutes, now Terrico is released for nothing too.
    There’s obviously no guarantee that he’ll ever be a NBA player, but when we suck as bad as we do, we should at least give the guy a chance.
    It’s disappointing to see us lose two young guys with good potential on cheap contracts for a undersized, one dimensional SG.

    • Dec 8, 20119:15 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Afflalo wasn’t traded because of a lack of minutes, he and Amir Johnson were both traded so they could get far enough under the cap to sign Chris Wilcox as well as Gordon and Villanueva.

      • Dec 8, 201111:59 am
        by freywagg

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        even more to the point DVS is making. The Ben Gordon signing has not helped a thing yet and likely will continue to weigh us down over the next three years.

  • Dec 8, 20113:52 am
    by bitabadaboo

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    I gotta agree with DVS, first Afflalo’ defense and now Whites supreme athleticsm, it does leave one hell of a bad taste in my mouth after trying to defend Joe all these years, especially if Stuckey walks. Those three together probably would’ve gave the likes of D-Wade and D-Rose a good run….. if Knight is left to do it alone the poor kid could find himself getting a real tough education in the first few years of his career seeing how skinny he is, and the sad part is he would be our biggest gaurd if Rodney bolts. Dumb move Mr Dumars……

  • Dec 8, 20118:31 am
    by dpBrock

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    I am really disappointed that Joe D couldn’t at least see what Terrico could offer. For the rebuilding phase we are in giving up on young talent with potential is not a good move, when you have not given him any chance other than sitting in the second row. I feel the Pistons will regret this move just like what they did with Afflalo and Budinger. White played pretty good in his summer league and athletically looks like he has just as much athleticism as he had before the injury. But ideally there is no way that 6 guards on the roster demanding minutes would work; rip, bg, bk, stuck, will, white.

  • Dec 8, 20118:33 am
    by ryan

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    It’s great to see that I’m not alone in my frustration with the Ben Gordon situation. I hated that move from day one and it’s only gotten worse. Ben Gordon was complete and total fool’s gold and signing him was clearly the worst mistake of Joe Dumars’ career (Yes, much, much worse than drafting Darko Milicic.) One thing you can say for Joe is that he’s never taken long to admit a mistake and move a guy hopefully now that his hands are untied he’ll do just that.

  • Dec 8, 20119:18 am
    by Patrick Hayes

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    One thing that I think needs to be pointed out on this thread:

    We, as fans, don’t know anything about Terrico White because we barely saw him last year and didn’t see him at all after summer league and the first preseason game.

    That doesn’t mean the Pistons didn’t see him though. Remember, he had an injury that was supposed to keep him out a few months. That injury ended up keeping him out the entire season. I mean, it’s highly possible the team could make some evaluations behind the scenes based on what he did or didn’t do after the injury to get himself back on the court.

    And honestly, it’s not like this guy was a natural point guard. He was very athletic, which made him intriguing if he could learn the position, but skillset-wise, he was closer to being a 6-foot-1 power forward than being able to run a NBA offense.

    Whatever the case, White stood little chance of playing this year.

  • Dec 8, 20119:48 am
    by deeetroiter

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    Man, am I the only guy that thinks BG will be just fine when Rip is gone and we have Frank coaching?  This guy is an assassin and will score a ton of points for us when he finally gets to play solid minutes without Rip around.  I think he is a serious weapon that will take over a ton of games this year if Rip is gone.

    • Dec 8, 201112:06 pm
      by freywagg

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      When rip is gone, BG will only have one year left.
      For the next two years, we have to SGs we’re paying $24M to.
      Whether BG is ok after that is not really the problem. And I’m saying this as a guy that wants to enjoy BGs time here. I want him to light it up. Nonetheless, even if he does start putting the ball in the basket, he brings a lot of other deficiencies to the court. He is ideally a bench scorer, but he’s making $12M a season.

    • Dec 8, 20111:46 pm
      by tarsier

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      And how is Frank so much better than Curry and Kuester? Please reserve judgment on him (positive or negative) for at least half a season.

  • Dec 8, 20111:44 pm
    by Saul

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    @Deeetroiter: I’ve been saying the same thing about BG. He’ll likely rebound afert he chaos of Q’s coaching tenure. Frank will have his role clearly defined, and it should be to shoot and score. Whether Rip is gone or not BG should bounce back big.

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