The Detroit Pistons have a decision to make about Peyton Siva. Should they pick up his contract for a second year or let him walk into free agency? The Pistons have until the July 20th to make that decision. But with the deadline looming Siva is making his point the only way he knows how…on the court.
Peyton Siva had been a stand-out in Detroit Pistons summer league play averaging 15 points and 6.5 assists in the opening two games of summer play. Pretty good but what makes them even more impressive is he is doing under extreme pressure.
Siva is celebrating his one year anniversary and expecting a child and all the while his career hangs in the balance. But the second year guard does not seem to mind the pressure.
“Not at all,” he responds to questions – and he got an earful of them after his first Summer League game over the weekend – about the contract situation weighing on him this week. “Yeah, it’s a contract and they’ve got the option. But all I can do is control how I play. I can’t really worry about what goes on outside or if I happen to come back. I believe that God has a plan for me, whatever happens. Of course I would love to stay with Detroit. But all I can do is control how hard I play and go out there and play.”
Siva’s hard work is also earning the respect of his coaches who will likely be consulted when the decision is made to retain the point guard.
“I just think he’s a good basketball player,” Pistons Summer League coach Bob Beyer said after Saturday’s win over Houston. “He’s a point guard and he is thinking, ‘Set my teammates up first.’ He wants to run the team, but he has the ability – as we saw tonight, playing in high pick-and-roll situations, make good decisions, get to the rim and really that helps him out and it helps our team out.”
Even if the Pistons don’t pick up Peyton Siva for a second year his outstanding play may be enough to entice another NBA team but the Pistons will probably keep him on the roster barring a trade.