Just two weeks after the Detroit Pistons announced that they wouldn’t pick up the second year of his contract, former Louisville star Peyton Siva has inked a contract with the Orlando Magic.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report the news. Josh Robbins, the Magic beat writer for the Orlando Sentinel, reports that Siva’s deal is non-guaranteed and he’ll likely be sent to Orlando’s NBDL affiliate in Erie, PA., prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Magic already have 15 players under contract for next season, which is why he’ll likely be sent to the D-League. This isn’t the perfect situation for Siva, but Orlando obviously thought highly enough of him to bring him on as a back-up option. He’ll likely stay in the NBDL unless someone is waived or injured.
After being drafted in the second round by Detroit last year, Siva signed a two year deal with the team with the second year being a team option. The Seattle native spent time in the NBDL during his rookie season, but finished the year on the official roster and played his best basketball down the stretch.
Unfortunately for Siva, a coaching change likely played the biggest role in Detroit’s decision to waive him. Maurice Cheeks was the head coach and Joe Dumars was the president of basketball operations for Detroit when Siva was drafted, but both have since been let go by the team. Stan Van Gundy was hired in May and ultimately decided to go in a different director.
Fortunately for Siva, his strong finish to the 2013-14 regular season and a solid showing in the NBA Summer league caught the attention of the Orlando organization. Considering the Magic’s options at the point guard position, it’s not that outlandish to see Siva earning some playing time if he’s given the opportunity.