Cartier Martin takes option, will return to Pistons

Terry Foster
The Detroit News

Pistons forward Cartier Martin swallowed his pride and took the money.

He complained about his playing time with the Pistons last season but that did not stop him from exercising a player option which will pay him the veteran's minimum of $1.27 million next season.

Martin, 30, signed a two-year deal with the Pistons last August. He made $1,145,000 last season and was used sparingly.

He appeared in just 23 games, his fewest since the 2011-2012 season with the Washington Wizards. Martin averaged a career low 1.6 points per game.

"I was not happy with the playing time," Martin said near the end of the season.

Teammates encouraged him to sign rather than risk not being signed by another team as a free agent.

Slam dunks

In addition to Arkansas forward Bobby Portis, the Pistons are expected to host Nebraska guard Terran Petteway.

He worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday and reportedly said he will visit at least 10 teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Pistons. Petteway is a possible second-round selection.

... The Pistons might have a hard time convincing Syracuse's 6-10 forward Rakeem Christmas to come to Auburn Hills. He reportedly said he had too many requests to fill after his stellar workouts during the pre-draft combine in Chicago.