Pistons re-sign Rodney McGruder, finalize Kevin Knox deal

Mike Curtis
The Detroit News
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney McGruder (17) pushes through Washington Wizards forward Corey Kispert during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Detroit.

Detroit — The Pistons were active in the free-agency market on Monday, re-signing of Rodney McGruder and the finalized the contract of former Atlanta Hawks forward Kevin Knox.

The Pistons inked McGruder — first reported by Keith Smith of Spotrac — to a one-year deal. The undrafted veteran out of Kansas State turned 31 on Friday.

Knox reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Detroit worth $6 million at the start of free agency. He joins a crowded group of wings that includes Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Livers, Alec Burks and Hamidou Diallo.

McGruder, a 6-foot-4 guard, appeared in 51 games for the Pistons last season and averaged 5.4 points while shooting 39% from the 3-point line. He was dealt to the Denver Nuggets last season, but the trade was rescinded due to concerns with Bol Bol's physical.

The 22-year-old Knox arrives in Detroit after spending last season with the Hawks and Knicks, which drafted him with the No. 9 overall pick in 2018. Knox, a 6-7 wing, played over three seasons in New York and connected on 35% of his 3-pointers.

Knox's addition brings the Pistons' crowded roster count to 16. The allotted number of players that teams can carry during the offseason is 20, so Detroit will have a healthy amount of roster competition once training camp begins this fall.


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