By Ashley Dunkak
CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons have signed Atlanta Hawks forward Cartier Martin to a one-year deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. A career bench player, Martin has played for five teams over six seasons, and last year he averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds.
The announcement of Martin’s signing came shortly after news broke that the Pistons had signed Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Jodie Meeks.
New Pistons team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy said in the week leading up to free agency that the club would focus on procuring “value guys” who would bring high character and specific skills to Detroit.
In Meeks, the Pistons snagged a solid 3-point shooter, which the team desperately needed after finishing 29th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage last season. Meeks should help that situation, having made 40.1 percent of his shots from beyond the arc last year.
In Martin, the Pistons got a veteran player who may strengthen their bench and who is also capable of making a 3-pointer every now and then; Martin has converted on 212 of 553 long-range attempts in his career, good for a respectable 38.3 percent.