There was a good chance that this was going to happen.
When Dwight Buycks and the Detroit Pistons agreed to a 2-way contract before the start of the season (9/17/17), it came with some qualifiers. One of those qualifiers was that Buycks could only spend 45 days with the club before having to be signed, waived, traded or sent to the G League’s Grand Rapids Drive for good.
Buycks impressed the coaching staff in Detroit enough, combined with the recent injury of point guard Reggie Jackson, to force the Pistons’ hand and sign a multi-year contract with the team. Per policy, contract terms were not released.
Since Jackson’s injury, Buycks has averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 assists and 19.5 minutes while shooting 50.9% from the field and 46.2% from three-point range.
Before Buycks came to the Pistons organization, he spent the last two seasons with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association. Buycks has also played with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors in the NBA.
Luis Montero signed that same 2-way contract with the Pistons. On Monday, he was waived to make room on the roster as the Drive signed guards Kay Felder and Reggie Hearn to 2-way contracts of their own.
Felder returns to his native Michigan. Originally from Detroit, 5-foot-9, 170-pound guard played at Pershing HS before moving on to Oakland University. He earned NCAA All-America honors from The Associated Press during his junior season and averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 101 career games.
Felder has spent some time in the NBA already. He played 14 games with the Chicago Bulls this season and averaged 3.9 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game. In 56 career games with the Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, Felder has averaged 3.9 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Hearn comes to the Drive with an abundance of G League experience, 175 games between stints with Idaho Stampede, Westchester Knicks and the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 14.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 30.7 minutes per game (14) this season.