NBA Summer League will be very important for Peyton Siva

Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports
Photo: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Summer League’s are always exciting because you have guys out there fighting for a job. If you see a game, you may see about 10-20 people watching on the sidelines, so it may not look like the games mean much. But those guys are out there battling for a roster spot. That will be the case this summer for former Louisville Cardinal Peyton Siva with the Detroit Pistons. Although he played well coming down the stretch last season in Detroit, his contract is not guaranteed, so he is essentially playing to make the team.

In this article by, they write that Siva should have plenty of opportunity to make his case, as Spencer Dinwiddie ruled out for the summer. Dinwiddie was drafted by the Pistons this year in the 2nd round, and he is a 6’6 point guard that played at Colorado. This is from the article:

Siva played 15 minutes a game over his last 10 games of the season in the months of March and April, showing promise as a point guard who takes care of the ball and hustle on defense, but not much else. By all accounts, he works his tail off and is a great teammate, but that’s all probably not enough, especially at 6-foot.

What I imagine could happen either way, unless Siva wows in Summer League, is the Pistons waive him. If he clears waivers — that is, another team doesn’t pick up his second year within 48 hours — the Pistons could then re-sign him to a summer contract for camp, or a guaranteed minimum salary again. Unless I’m misunderstanding something in the CBA, if he makes the team, he’ll earn a little more than last year’s minimum and saves the Pistons a few hundred thousand bucks. That’s practically nothing, but I could see SVG being meticulous like that.

We do know this though: Siva will give it everything he has out there. Here’s to hoping he can stay on with the Pistons and get some stability up there.

Here is the schedule for the Orlando Summer League:

Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League Schedule

Saturday, July 5, 2014                      Visitor                                     Home

1st game                      9:00 a.m.         Brooklyn                      @        Indiana

2nd game                     11:00 a.m.       Miami                         @        Boston

3rd game                      1:00 p.m.         Orlando                       @        Philadelphia

4th game                      3:00 p.m.         Detroit                         @        Houston

5th game                      5:00 p.m.         Memphis                     @        OKC

Sunday, July 6, 2014

1st game                      3:00 p.m.         Memphis                     @        Detroit    

2nd game                     5:00 p.m.         Philadelphia                 @        OKC

3rd game                      7:00 p.m.         Miami                          @        Brooklyn

Monday, July 7, 2014

1st game                      3:00 p.m.         Indiana                        @        Boston

2nd game                     5:00 p.m.         Houston                       @        Orlando

3rd game                      7:00 p.m.         OKC                            @        Brooklyn

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

1st game                      3:00 p.m.         Orlando                       @        Memphis

2nd game                     5:00 p.m.         Miami                          @        Detroit

3rd game                      7:00 p.m.         Houston                       @        Philadelphia

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

1st game                      3:00 p.m.         Indiana                        @        OKC

2nd game                     5:00 p.m.         Philadelphia                 @        Brooklyn

3rd game                      7:00 p.m.         Boston                         @        Detroit

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1st game                      3:00 p.m.         Indiana                        @        Miami

2nd game                     5:00 p.m.         Boston                         @        Orlando

3rd game                      7:00 p.m.         Memphis                     @        Houston

Friday, July 11, 2014 *Championship Day*

1st game                      8:00 a.m.         6th place                      @        5th place

2nd game                     10:00 a.m.       4th place                      @        3rd place

3rd game                      12:00 p.m.       2nd place                     @        1st place

4th game                      2:00 p.m.         8th place                      @        7th place

5th game                      4:00 p.m.         10th place                    @        9th place


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