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After officially signing Luka Garza to the second two-way contract, the Detroit Pistons roster is pretty much set.

The Pistons have officially announced Luke Garza and Chris Smith have signed two-way deals.

— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) August 17, 2021

Yes, Keith knows his name is Luka and corrected himself. Name typos aside, the Pistons have now used both of their two-way contracts for the season, and outside of re-signing Hamidou Diallo, I can’t see any other huge changes to the roster.

Two-way contracts were invented to allow NBA teams to keep two extra players on the roster who will split time between the G-League and the team.

Last season the league extended the number of games two-way players could be with the team before their guaranteed contract kicked in, which essentially allowed teams to keep two extra guys for the whole season, which is nice for young, rebuilding squads that are trying to develop talent.

Last season the Detroit Pistons used their two-way contracts on Saben Lee and Frank Jackson, two players who have since been extended guaranteed deals by the team.

Both players were able to get big minutes and make an impact off the bench, as Saben Lee had some big games early in the season and Frank Jackson became the team’s instant offense off the bench and ended up shooting more than 40 percent from long range.

The Pistons have two guys in Chris Smith and Luka Garza who hope to do the same, as they will have to earn their way out of the G-League and show they belong on the full-time roster.

Will either of them do it? I think there is a strong chance that history repeats itself for the Pistons.

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Jalen Green Ignites a Rivalry With the Pistons and Detroit in 12 Brutally Honest Words - Sportscasting | Pure Sports

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Green worked out for the Detroit Pistons prior to the draft and appeared to be strongly considered for the No. 1 overall pick before they opted for Cunningham. Now, he may have upset the Pistons and the entire city of Detroit in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

Green was ranked as the second-best high basketball prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Cunningham was the only player ranked ahead of him. 

The Merced, California, native decided to skip college and joined the G League Ignite instead. In 15 games, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Those who hadn’t followed his prep career were able to get a glimpse of how special of a player he is. 

Green has continued to open people’s eyes, showing out at the NBA Summer League. In three games with the Houston Rockets, the 19-year-old averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. He was efficient, shooting over 51% from the field and better than 52% from beyond the arc. 

He also led all scorers with 25 points in a decisive victory over Cunningham and the Pistons. Although his Summer League experience was cut short due to a hamstring injury, he proved that he is just as good as advertised and has the potential to be a great NBA player for years to come. 

In the Yahoo Sports interview, the Rockets rookie discussed his upbringing in Fresno, California, and why he always plays with a chip on his shoulder. 

He expressed how he felt about being passed up on by the Pistons for the top pick in the draft.

“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” Green asserted. He later added, “It felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble.” 

He was alluding to his experience in the city of Detroit, arguing there was not much for him to do besides play basketball. 

Although he may not have meant any harm, those comments are sure to ruffle the feathers of plenty of people in Detroit. Those 12 words after he said he wanted to be the top pick may be all they remember during future matchups.

Green called out the city of Detroit, but comments like that are not the first of their kind. In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers made quick work of the Chicago Bulls. Joakim Noah was the emotional leader of the Bulls team and had some interesting things to say about the city of Cleveland. 

“I just stayed in my hotel room. Every time I look out my window, it’s pretty depressing here, man. It’s bad,” Noah stated in a 2010 interview with TNT. Per Sports Illustrated, he still does not like Cleveland. 

In a non-basketball parallel, NFL legend Deion Sanders snubbed the Detroit Lions after he was not selected by the team in the 1989 NFL Draft. Green responded to a post on Twitter that drew the comparison between the two athletes. 

Sanders did not want to play in Detroit either, so the Rockets guard is not alone in that sentiment. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to get booed every time he plays in the Motor City.

Given his scoring ability, Jalen Green will most likely respond by getting buckets. 

Coming up in the high school basketball ranks at the same time, Jalen Green and Cade Cunningham have often been compared to one another. After going back-to-back in the 2021 NBA Draft, the two will forever be tied together. There have already been debates about which player will have a better professional career. 

Green worked out for the Detroit Pistons prior to the draft and appeared to be strongly considered for the No. 1 overall pick before they opted for Cunningham. Now, he may have upset the Pistons and the entire city of Detroit in an interview with Yahoo Sports.

Green was ranked as the second-best high basketball prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. Cunningham was the only player ranked ahead of him. 

The Merced, California, native decided to skip college and joined the G League Ignite instead. In 15 games, he averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. Those who hadn’t followed his prep career were able to get a glimpse of how special of a player he is. 

Green has continued to open people’s eyes, showing out at the NBA Summer League. In three games with the Houston Rockets, the 19-year-old averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. He was efficient, shooting over 51% from the field and better than 52% from beyond the arc. 

He also led all scorers with 25 points in a decisive victory over Cunningham and the Pistons. Although his Summer League experience was cut short due to a hamstring injury, he proved that he is just as good as advertised and has the potential to be a great NBA player for years to come. 

In the Yahoo Sports interview, the Rockets rookie discussed his upbringing in Fresno, California, and why he always plays with a chip on his shoulder. 

He expressed how he felt about being passed up on by the Pistons for the top pick in the draft.

“I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn’t want to be in Detroit,” Green asserted. He later added, “It felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble.” 

He was alluding to his experience in the city of Detroit, arguing there was not much for him to do besides play basketball. 

Although he may not have meant any harm, those comments are sure to ruffle the feathers of plenty of people in Detroit. Those 12 words after he said he wanted to be the top pick may be all they remember during future matchups.

Green called out the city of Detroit, but comments like that are not the first of their kind. In 2010, the Cleveland Cavaliers made quick work of the Chicago Bulls. Joakim Noah was the emotional leader of the Bulls team and had some interesting things to say about the city of Cleveland. 

“I just stayed in my hotel room. Every time I look out my window, it’s pretty depressing here, man. It’s bad,” Noah stated in a 2010 interview with TNT. Per Sports Illustrated, he still does not like Cleveland. 

In a non-basketball parallel, NFL legend Deion Sanders snubbed the Detroit Lions after he was not selected by the team in the 1989 NFL Draft. Green responded to a post on Twitter that drew the comparison between the two athletes. 

Sanders did not want to play in Detroit either, so the Rockets guard is not alone in that sentiment. However, that doesn’t mean he’s not going to get booed every time he plays in the Motor City.

Given his scoring ability, Jalen Green will most likely respond by getting buckets. 

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