LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former University of Louisville point guard Peyton Siva has been waived by the Detroit Pistons, who announced Tuesday that they won't pick up the second year of his contract.
Siva, a late second-round draft pick last season, played in 24 games as a rookie with the Pistons, averaging 2.3 points, 1.4 assists and 0.6 rebounds. He had a rough start in the league, was sent down to the D-League, then played better late in the season and averaged 10 points and 5 assists a game in the Summer League this year before being sidelined by a hamstring injury.
The Pistons also cut loose former University of Kentucky standout Josh Harrellson, who was a leading three-point threat for the team last season before being sidelined with a back injury that has has continued to have an impact on his game.
Harrellson played in 32 games, averaging 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds and shooting 46.3%. The Pistons were his third NBA stop, after starting his career with the New York Knicks and spending time with the Miami Heat.
Both players, it will surprise no one who knows them, were gracious despite the disappointing news.
Siva Tweeted, "Thanks Detroit Pistons for giving me a shot. Looking forward to my next stop. I told Andre Drummond I'll still follow him on IG (Instagram)."
Harrellson said via Twitter: "Thank you to the Detroit Pistons and to the loyal fans we had this past season! ... It was a joy to play for you all! ... On with the next chapter of my life!"
Siva also Tweeted a Biblical reference: "Romans 8:18." The verse reads, "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Both players will now examine their options, which basically are to get picked up by another NBA team, hope for a shot with someone else in the summer league (which might be tough depending on injury status), play in the D-League or look for a spot overseas.
Both players might be good D-League candidates given the effort they play with and how well they've handled professional responsibilities.
New Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he was stressing shooting ability in his most recent moves with perimeter players -- which included the signing for former UK star Jodie Meeks as a free agent.
Here's hoping for the best for both Siva and Harrellson, who became fan favorites in their respective cities during college. Both are incredibly gracious, generous with their time, and with their fans.
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