The Pistons took care of their biggest need by signing Ish Smith to be their backup point guard.
But they were so thin behind Reggie Jackson, they still needed more help at the position.
Enter Ray McCallum.
Michael Scott of Sheridan Hoops:
Source: Detroit Pistons and free agent guard Ray McCallum have agreed to a one-year, minimum deal.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 25, 2016
Detroit also has Lorenzo Brown on an unguaranteed deal. However much McCallum’s contract is guaranteed, the Pistons will likely keep whichever player wins the third point guard job in training camp. They’ve shown they’re not afraid to pay for camp competition and eat a guaranteed deal.
The loser likely heads to Detroit’s D-League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.
McCallum has yet to establish himself as a clear NBA-caliber player in three seasons with the Kings, Spurs and Grizzlies. His dribble-driving and strength are plusses, but he’s not quite there as a scorer or passer -- let alone someone who can put it all together.
Perhaps, Stan Van Gundy gets McCallum -- who played high school and college basketball in Detroit -- on the right track. McCallum taking fewer long 2s would be a good start.