Free agent Kelly Olynyk has agreed to a three-year, $37M deal with the Detroit Pistons, his agent Jeff Schwartz of @excelbasketball tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 2, 2021
The deal keeps the big man in Motor City until the 2024-25 season.
Detroit Pistons begin Free Agency, signing big man Kelly Olynyk
After being traded from the Miami Heat to the Houston Rockets mid-season, Olynyk had a somewhat resurgent season. The veteran big man had career highs across the board, averaging 19 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists. His efficiency went up significantly during his time in Houston, averaging 54.5 percent shooting, 39.2 percent from three, and 84.4 percent from the line. His best scoring output last season came against the Minnesota Timberwolves where he posted 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals on 12-17 shooting.
This is a solid signing for the Pistons who are still looking to build their team. After taking Cade Cunningham with the number one overall pick, the Pistons have a strong base to build upon. Olynyk is a solid veteran to have in the locker room, plays with plenty of heart and effort. After trading Mason Plumlee a couple of weeks ago, the 30-year-old will split center duties with young gun Isaiah Stewart.
General Manager Troy Weaver has done an incredible job since taking over the Detroit Pistons franchise. Ever since he infamously ripped the bandaid off Blake Griffin‘s insanely bloated contract, nothing but good things have happened for the Pistons. Signing Olynyk to a nice deal is part of a string of amazing moves by Weaver who continues to impress. Additionally, Olynyk offers shooting and spacing Detroit sorely needs after playing 90’s basketball for most of last season. Detroit fans have plenty to cheer about with the direction of the franchise and Olynyk is a nice piece to add to the puzzle.
Welcome to Motor City Kelly Olynyk.
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