The Detroit Pistons have added more depth to their frontcourt as they have recently signed power forward Anthony Tolliver. The deal is reportedly worth 1 year and $3.3M according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Tolliver played in 124 games for Detroit from 2014-2016 after the Pistons acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in a trade sending Tony Mitchell to Phoenix. Tolliver shot 36 percent from three-point range and averaged 6.3 points per game in parts of 2 seasons with Detroit.
Tolliver spent last season with the Sacramento Kings, appearing in 65 games and averaging 7.1 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 39.1 percent from three-point range, the best of his career, and that would have been the best for Detroit, as they struggled mightily from deep. The Pistons needed depth at the power forward position after trading away Marcus Morris for Avery Bradley and a second round pick. Tolliver will be battling reserve minutes with second-year power forward Henry Ellenson. Tolliver knows Stan Van Gundy’s system fairly well because he played under coach Van Gundy before he went to Sacramento.
Detroit was also looking at several other power forwards with outside shooting ability, including former Piston, Jonas Jerebko but in the end, the Pistons decided to bring Tolliver back to the Motor City. According to The Detroit Free Press, Tolliver texted the Free Press: “Excited to be back.”
Tolliver’s first stint with Detroit began on Christmas Eve in 2014, when they received the 6’8″, 240-pound power forward. In the 2015-2016 season, Tolliver’s grit and toughness on the defensive end showed when Detroit made the playoffs.
All in all, Tolliver could very well be the final move for Detroit as the now are deep at each position, especially big men as they now have 3 power forwards and 3 centers as they also recently signed center Eric Moreland, 25 after a great summer league for Detroit.