The exact total is $1.312 million for the 2017-18 season, but Gbinije’s contract was only partially guaranteed for $500,000. The Pistons save more than $800,000 and will eliminate Gbinije’s $1.3 million cap hit. Gbinije, 25, was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft as a defensive specialist out of Syracuse. He played in only nine games with several injuries ruining his opportunity when he was on the verge of possible playing time. He spent considerable time with the Pistons’ Gatorade League affiliate in Grand Rapids.
November 17, 2017 | 10:03 pm EST Update
Noah chose his words carefully, admitting he’s attempting to make the best of a rotten situation and adding, “This is my reality.” On Friday against the Raptors, Noah was inactive for the third straight game since his return from a drug suspension, and coach Jeff Hornacek said he has no plans to change up.
“I’ll be all right. I’ll be all right,’’ Noah said in his first comments since being reinstated. “I understand the situation. I’m going to make the best of it.” When asked if he forsees a role, Noah said, “What can I bring? I don’t know.”
TJ McBride: Nikola Jokic and former #Nuggets assistant coach — now assistant coach for the #Pelicans — Chris Finch shared a quick minute together and a hug during warmups. Finch was one of the main architects that turned the Nuggets offense into an elite group last season.