Caron Butler averaged 10.5 points with the Thunder last season. (Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
The Pistons have agreed to deals with free agents Caron Butler and DJ Augustin, according to sources.
The sources requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the talks.
Augustin, who came off the free-agent heap last season as a valuable backup point guard for the Chicago Bulls, agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal.
He averaged 14.1 points and 5.0 assists for the Bulls, and it gives the Pistons another point guard ó counting Brandon Jennings, Will Bynum, Peyton Siva and second-round pick Spencer Dinwiddie.
Whether this likely facilitates a deal involving a point guard remains to be seen, as Bynum is entering the last year of his contract, Siva has a team option that needs to be picked up or declined by July 20, and thereís no timetable on Dinwiddie to actually play, considering heís recovering from a torn ACL.
Butler, one of the more respected veterans in the league, agreed to a one-year deal with a team option for a second year, according to a source. The deal is believed to be around $9 million.
Pistons president Stan Van Gundy knew he needed a veteran in the locker room, especially with the team declining Chauncey Billupsí option recently.
Itís likely Van Gundy targeted Butler because of his toughness and considering Van Gundy is planning a tough training camp, he wanted someone who could still contribute on the floor as well as being a voice in the locker room.
Butler, 34, played last season in Milwaukee before being waived by the Bucks and signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of their playoff push. He averaged 10.5 points while shooting under 40 percent for the first time in his career.
He shot 44 percent from 3-point range with the Thunder, a 22-game sample size likely buoyed by playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. That number dropped to a respectable 36 percent during the playoffs
Butler is a two-time All-Star during his days with the Washington Wizards, and can play shooting guard and small forward, although the Pistons will likely use him at the forward position, considering Kyle Singler is the only natural small forward on the roster.
Butler started 13 of 56 games last year, so itís not known if heíll start at that spot next season, a place currently occupied by Josh Smith, who was an awkward fit there last season.