Siva’s status wasn’t clearly known prior to the Pistons exchanging three players for Brandon Jennings last week. Before that trade, the team didn’t have a roster spot for him and there were rumors that the Pistons may have been hoping to have Siva play overseas for a year while maintaining his rights, similar to what Kyle Singler did during the lockout shortened 2011-12 season.
Terms of the deal are unknown. Despite Siva’s notable skills that helped him excel at the college level — an ability to run an offense and play great defense — he’s unlikely to play much this season based on the current construction of the roster. Along with Jennings, the Pistons re-signed Will Bynum, brought back Chauncey Billups and still have Rodney Stuckey hanging around. All four players can play minutes at PG. But Siva is still an intriguing prospect as a backup and the backcourt is surely not a finished product — Bynum is aging, Billups is really aging and Stuckey doesn’t seem to have much a of a long-term future in Detroit, plus his expiring contract makes him a potential trade candidate. If Siva can improve his jumper while practicing with the team this season, he’ll become an even more attractive long-term prospect.
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