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Auburn Hills — When the Pistons acquired Joel Anthony as their third center, it was a clear sign the organization didn't have confidence in Aaron Gray's mysterious cardiac condition he suffered before training camp.

As a result, the Pistons released the veteran center Sunday, as they were one guaranteed contract over the league limit of 15. They will eat the two guaranteed years of Gray's veteran minimum deal, the contract the team signed him to this offseason.

Gray, 29, spent last season in Toronto and Sacramento. Gray had tenures in Chicago (four years) and New Orleans (one year) as well.

He said after Sunday's practice the decision had been made, but the player hadn't been notified yet. All three were on the floor when media was allowed into the practice facility, so there was no clear signal who had been chosen.

As a parting gift of sorts, he put Gray through his usual three-and-a-half hour practice before notifying him Sunday evening.

"They’re getting paid, good money. They’re all on guaranteed money," Van Gundy said."It’s not anything they aren’t getting paid for. Parting gift, yeah."