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 detroitbadboys.com, 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
ALL GAMES WILL BE PLAYED AT THE AMWAY CENTER ON THE MAGIC PRACTICE COURT.