Cory Joseph has picked up his $5.1 million player option, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
Joseph started 39 games for the Detroit Pistons last season and averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 assists while knocking down 41.4% of his 3-pointers. He’s provided a veteran presence on the floor and mentorship in the locker room, and is comfortable playing under his former coach with the Toronto Raptors, Dwane Casey.
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He arrived in Detroit at the 2021 trade deadline in a deal that also brought two second-round picks in exchange for Delon Wright. Joseph signed a two-year, $10 million contract last summer.
“Playing time, in terms of starting or back up, none of that was talked about,” Joseph said during his end-of-season media availability in April. “Moreso just being more of a leader and vocally helping the young guys what the league is about, and being an NBA professional on and off the court. That was my role.”
The Pistons will select fifth overall during Thursday’s draft and will have significant cap space heading intofree agency.
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