A couple of Detroit Pistons got an unwelcome belated Christmas present on Thursday. The team announced Thursday that they were sending Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell down to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are the Pistons Development League affiliate.
Although I am sure they would rather be playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills instead of Fort Wayne, this is not such a bad move for the pair of second round picks.
Peyton Siva is only averaging 5.8 minutes per game and Tony Mitchell has hardly seen the floor. The two have been unable to crack the rotation and some time in Fort Wayne will help them continue to develop.
Siva had the best opportunity to stick in Auburn Hills but with the re-emergence of Rodney Stuckey and the solid play of Will Bynum, minutes for the rookie from Louisville have become increasingly scarce. Not even Piston legend Chauncey Billups has been able to get back into the regular line-up after coming back from injury.
The D-league assignment doesn’t mean that the Piston rookies will not play in Detroit again. In fact, according to the NBA Development League website, players can be assigned by their NBA team to the D-League and be recalled at any point during a season. There is also no limit to the number of times a player can be recalled to their NBA team so Siva and Mitchell may be back at the Palace sooner than later.