Despite a somewhat impressive showing in the Orlando Pro Summer League for the Detroit Pistons, point guard Peyton Siva’s contract will be terminated before it becomes guaranteed, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com.
The Detroit Pistons will release point guard Peyton Siva before his contract guarantee date, source tells RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2014
The team had until July 20th to make a decision on whether or not to guarantee his contract for the upcoming season. Unfortunately, the writing was on the wall for Siva after the Pistons were able to sign D.J. Augustin to a two-year, $6 million deal on Sunday. Between Augustin, starting point guard Brandon Jennings, and 2014 second round selection Spencer Dinwiddie, the Pistons clearly felt that they had the position well-handled.
Siva performed well in Orlando, averaging 10 points and five assists while scoring efficiently and looking comfortable running the offense. This, in conjunction with his defensive intensity, placed him among the Pistons’ standouts during the event. It seemed like he had gotten over the rookie jitters that made him perform poorly during the regular season. However, he’ll now have to fall back on that summer performance in order to get another team to take a shot on him and bring him into training camp.
I’ve always been a fan of Siva’s game, and feel that he can eventually be a solid caretaker point guard that brings a high level of energy to a second unit. He’s never going to be able to create offense on his own, but between his ability to create turnovers with his quick hands and his ability to make plays with his vision, I do think there will be a place for him in the NBA eventually. He’ll only be 24 when the season begins, so there is still plenty of time for him to iron out his weaknesses. Even if he has to make a quick pit stop in the D-League, my guess is that this isn’t the last time you’ll see Siva in the NBA.