What was expected has been done by the Detroit Pistons.
The team has released their only two players invited to camp, Jonny Flynn and Terrence Williams. Both came in for basically a look-and-see type of event, with neither expected to make the team.
The Pistons have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, giving both players little chance of being around for the long haul.
Williams was a favorite of Pistons coach Lawrence Frank because he was a lottery pick in 2009 of the New Jersey Nets when Frank was coaching the team. Frank had good things to say about both players, but neither were given much time to show what they can do. The Pistons are, like most NBA teams, using the preseason to take a hard look at their rookies and get them ready for the 82-game season.
Flynn saw action in three games and averaged 1.7 points and 2.7 assists.
Williams was used as a point guard by Detroit, even though he usually has played wingman in past seasons. He did see some quality minutes with 2.5 points four rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocks a game.
The only way either player had a chance to see any action during the regular season would have been for the Pistons to make a trade, which would not have been outside the realm of possibility considering they do have some players like Austin Daye, who is struggling right now and not doing much for the team.
But with five rookies on the roster and all with a good deal of promise, the Pistons didn’t really have room for anyone else.