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AP source: Pistons, Meeks agree to $19.5M 3YR deal

Person familiar with situation: Pistons land guard Jodie Meeks with $19.5 million, 3-year deal

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 1, 2014 at 10:04 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have decided to invest in Jodie Meeks’ future, banking on his best basketball being ahead of him.

Meeks has agreed to a $19.5 million, three-year deal with Detroit, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday night.

The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because free agents can’t sign contracts until the league’s moratorium ends July 10, also said Cartier Martin had agreed to a one-year contract with the rebuilding franchise.

The 6-foot-4 Meeks averaged a career-high 15.7 points and scored a team-high 1,209 points last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. The shooting guard has averaged 9.7 points over his five-year career.

Milwaukee drafted Meeks in the second round in 2009 and traded him during his rookie season to Philadelphia. The Lakers signed him as a free agent in 2012 and exercised a team option last year to keep him on the roster for a second season.

Martin, a 6-7 small forward, has averaged 5.4 points over his six-year career.

Earlier on Tuesday, when NBA free agency began, the Pistons announced assistant general manager George David was stepping down. David was a part of the previous front office that was led by president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.

The Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy in May to replace Dumars and to also lead them as their coach.

Van Gundy’s first major move appears to be adding Meeks.

The Pistons, who haven’t earned a spot in the playoffs since 2009, are trying to reshape their roster to make the most of 20-year-old center Andre Drummond. They probably will be relegated to keeping forward Josh Smith, who signed a $54 million, four-year deal last summer, and point guard Brandon Jennings, entering the second year of his $24 million, three-year contract. Detroit does not know if it restricted free agent Greg Monroe will be back.

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 Detroit Pistons' President/Head Coach Stan Van Gundy, center, introduces new team members, DJ Augustin, left, and Caron Butler during a press conference introducing the team's free agent acquisitions at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in Auburn Hills, Mich. Detroit introduced D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler at a news conference Tuesday after signing the two free agents. The 6-foot-7 Butler played 56 games last season for Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, averaging 10.5 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Augustin was waived by Toronto early last season, but the 26-year-old point guard caught on with Chicago and averaged 13.1 points for the season. He shot 40 percent from beyond the arc.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

Updated on July 16, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.
 Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks is followed by the media as he holds his new jersey at the team's practice facility in Auburn Hills, Mich., Monday, July 14, 2014. The Pistons hope he can provide some much-needed perimeter shooting this season under new coach Stan Van Gundy. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Updated on July 14, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

Updated on July 13, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.
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