Mar. 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Josh Harrellson (55) controls the ball as Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh (13) defends during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 89-80. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Pistons Pass On Jason Collins Sign Josh Harrellson

The Detroit Pistons signed big man Josh Harrellson to a two-year contract filling out their 15 man roster for the 2013-14 season.  The 6 foot 10 inch 275 pound center is the Pistons security blanket in case the injury bug strikes Greg Monroe or Andre Drummond.

Josh Harrellson was drafted in 2011 by the Charlotte Hornets and later traded to the Knicks.  He played for the kicks as part of their rotation in the front court before being traded to Houston in the off-season.  After being cut by Houston, Harrellson has had trouble finding a home playing 6 games for the Heat last year and spending some time in the Puerto Rican League.

Now he can call Detroit home as he will assume back-up duty in the front court.  The Pistons needed a big man but Harrellson has the added benefit of being able to shoot the ball.  He is shoots 32 % behind the arch and could also be used when the Pistons need a three-point shooter on the floor.

The signing of Harrellson officially ends the Detroit Pistons interest in Jason Collins.  The club had expressed interest in Collins recently and even had him in for a work-out.  But youth and shooting ability won out as the Pistons decided to go with Harrellson.


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