The Detroit Pistons are expected to waive second-year swingman Michael Gbinije on Saturday. With the move, the Pistons will save more than $800,000 and eliminate his $1.312 million cap hit.
The exact total is $1.312 million for the 2017-18 season, but Gbinije's contract was only partially guaranteed for $500,000. Coach Stan Van Gundy said they will use their allotment of two two-way contracts. Gbinije would be eligible for one of those two-way contracts if the team chooses to sign him to such a deal.
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Gbinije was the 49th overall draft pick in the 2016 National Basketball Association draft out of Syracuse. The 6-7 shooting guard appeared in nine games last season, averaging 0.4 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 3.5 minutes per game.
He also played in 16 games with the Grand Rapids Drive, where he averaged 12 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 35 minutes a game.