The Detroit Pistons have undergone some pretty major roster changes this summer as they head into the 2013-2014 NBA season. Between the sign-and-trade that landed them point guard Brandon Jennings and their signing of Josh Smith this summer, this is going to be a talented and extremely polarizing team as they try and build something new in Detroit.
On Wednesday, the Pistons became even more polarizing. As they went to fill their final roster spot, they signed forward/center Josh Harrellson to a two-year deal with a team option in the second year of that contract, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
When it comes to strictly basketball, Harrellson isn’t going to contribute much for the Pistons. In only 43 career games he has averaged four points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game while shooting just 42.4 percent from the floor. However, from the perspective of this team being entertaining and polarizing, Harrellson is a fantastic addition.
In case you didn’t know, Harrellson is known around NBA circles as “Jorts.” The nickname started while he was in college at Kentucky and wore a pair of probably-a-bit-too-tight jean shorts to the Wildcats’ spring football game. Someone snapped a picture of it, posted it online and the legend of “Jorts” was born.
“Jorts” is fun-loving and easy-going, whether it is in his limited amount of playing time, while he’s on the bench or when he’s dealing with the media. More than that, though, when you already have two poignant personalities like Smith and Jennings on your roster, adding “Jorts” is really a no-brainer. He may not play a meaningful minute all year in Detroit, and I will still love this signing all the same.