Players who are drafted at the end of the second round don’t usually last past training camp, however Siva more than proved that he’s worthy of a roster spot in the NBA.
In four summer league games last week, Siva averaged 7.8 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 steals and just 1.5 turnovers in 25.8 minutes per game.
Unfortunately for Siva, the Pistons recently signed veteran point guards Chauncey Billups and Will Bynum.
Pistons GM Joe Dumars has made it clear that he didn’t sign Billups and Byum because he wasn’t impressed with Siva, however the team needs experience and depth at the point guard position after losing Jose Calderon to free agency.
The Pistons will enter the season with the NBA maximum of 15 players under contract and unless there is another roster change, Peyton Siva won’t be one of them.
According to Dave Mayo of MLive.com, Joe Dumars has had discussions with Siva and his agent about playing overseas next season and returning to Detroit in 2014-15 so the Pistons could retain his NBA rights.
“We liked him a lot,” in summer league, Dumars tells Mayo. “He had a great showing and he’s someone that we have a great interest in either keeping or retaining his rights.”
Financially, Siva would benefit from going overseas rather than waiting around in the NBDL until 2014-15. He’ll make much more money playing abroad.
This isn’t the first time that Detroit has used this route with a draft pick. Former Duke forward Kyle Singler was drafted in the second round by Detroit in 2011 and spent two years playing in Spain. Last year he returned to Detroit and signed a multiyear contract with the team.
In a perfect world, Siva would be a free agent and could hear offers from other NBA teams. I’m sure there are multiple teams in the league that could use a reliable point guard.
Considering the personal obstacles that Siva has encountered in his life, I doubt something like this will stop him.