Pistons tell Kay Felder he's free agent, reportedly sign Keenan Evans

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Keenan Evans

Detroit — The Pistons and hometown favorite Kay Felder are parting ways.

The Pistons have informed Felder they will not be making him a qualifying offer, which makes him an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Brandon Grier, told The Detroit News on Wednesday.

Later Wednesday, the Pistons signed Keenan Evans, an undrafted guard out of Texas Tech, according to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Evans was signed to a two-way contract, meaning he will be outside the Pistons' regular 15-player roster. Evans will spend the majority of his season with the Pistons' G-League team in Grand Rapids; he cannot be with the Pistons more than 45 days in the upcoming season.

Evans led Texas Tech in minutes (29.5), points (17.6) and assists (3.2) last season while starting 35 of 36 games. He had been on the Golden State Warriors' summer league roster.

Kay Felder

Felder, 23, a 5-foot-9 guard and a former standout at Oakland University, joined the Pistons in January on a two-way contract, and spent most of his time playing for Grand Rapids of the G-League. He played only two games with the Pistons, after playing 14 games with the Chicago Bulls earlier in the season.

He began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing 42 games as a rookie before they traded him to the Atlanta Hawks prior to this past season, along with Richard Jefferson. The Hawks quickly waived him, and the Bulls signed him.Grier told The News there is interest from other teams as free-agency approaches.

Felder, one of the most-prolific scorers in Oakland history, left after his junior season, and was a second-round pick, 54th overall, by the Hawks, who then sold his rights to the Cavaliers. From Cleveland, he received a three-year, $2.4 million deal, with $1 million guaranteed.

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In 58 NBA games, he averaged 3.8 points and 1.3 assists. In 20 G-League games in Grand Rapids, he averaged 15.8 points and 5.8 assists.

His junior year at Oakland, he was fourth in the nation in scoring (24.4 points) and first in assists (9.3), and was a regular on the highlight shows, including ESPN's "SportsCenter," for his big-game performances against marquee opponents on national television.

Prior to Oakland, Felder starred at Detroit Pershing, which, in January, retired his No. 20.