Auburn Hills —The Pistons exercised club options Sunday on guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and forward Reggie Bullock.
Caldwell-Pope is in his third season and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said he was one of the team’s best players. He is expected to be one of the outside guns that the Pistons need. He will make $2.9 million this season and that will be bumped to $3.7 million next season and more than $4.9 million the following season. In two seasons, Caldwell-Pope has averaged 9.3 points and 2.5 rebounds a game and led the team in 3-pointers (153) and minutes per game (31.5)
Bullock came to the Pistons as a throwaway in a trade with Phoenix that brought over Marcus Morris and Danny Granger, who has yet to play for the Pistons and is expected to be released soon.
Bullock averaged 10.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists during the exhibition season, but wowed coaches with his effort on defense. Bullock said he was more hungry for a roster spot than the money. However, he will get a boost from $1.2 million this season to $2.2 million next season.