REPORT: Pistons Make Three Signings Following NBA Draft’s Conclusion

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While the Detroit Pistons were busy selecting Cade Cunningham with the first pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, along with three secound round picks, general manager Troy Weaver was still making moves following the draft’s conclusion at 12:30 am ET.

The first move Weaver made was signing Chris Smith, a 6-foot-9 wing out of UCLA to a two-way contract, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Smith will be coming into his professional career recovering from a torn left ACL he suffered early in his senior year at UCLA. He had averaged 12.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and two assists per game prior to the injury.

According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers, the Pistons also agreed to terms with Anthony Tarke of Coppin State, on a training camp deal.

While heralded for his defense, Tarke averaged 16.6 points 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game in his lone season at Coppin State. He transferred from UTEP after two seasons.

The 23-year old is a 6-foot-6 forward who stuffed the stat sheet Eagles last season.

The final reported move so far for the Pistons is a Summer League roster addition. According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, Detroit has agreed to bring Toledo guard Spencer Littleson to Las Vegas with them for Summer League.

Littleson, a Rochester Hills native, averaged 13.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last season at Toledo. He made the most 3-pointers in the NCAA last season, and did so while shooting 47.2% from beyind the arc.

The 2021 NBA Summer League begins on Sunday, August 8th in Las Vegas. The Pistons will play that Sunday, squaring off with the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:30 pm ET.


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