AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — This offseason makeover for the Detroit Pistons is a bit different than last year’s.
Instead of making a big free agent signing and adding another key player via trade, the Pistons have made quieter moves this summer, adding better outside shooters to a team that’s missed the playoffs for the last five seasons.
Detroit introduced D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler at a news conference Tuesday after signing the two free agents. The 6-foot-7 Butler played 56 games last season for Milwaukee and Oklahoma City, averaging 10.5 points and shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Augustin, a former Brother Martin standout, was waived by Toronto early last season, but the 26-year-old point guard caught on with Chicago and averaged 13.1 points for the season.
“Obviously both these guys played in big games, in big roles for their teams this past year,” said Stan Van Gundy, who took over this offseason as Detroit’s coach and team president.
“Both of these guys go to exactly what we’ve been talking about since the day I came in here — high-character, hard-playing guys who can shoot the ball and be a major part of what we do.”
The Pistons also signed Jodie Meeks, who was introduced Monday.
WADE RE-SIGNS, DENG SIGNS: Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat, and his latest deal is designed to give both the player and the only franchise he’s ever known some flexibility in the coming years.
Wade signed a new contract with the Heat on Tuesday. It’s a two-year deal, the second of those seasons a player option, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side announced terms.
Financial terms were not announced, though it’s expected Wade’s salary for next season will not reach the $20.2 million he would have made under his previous contract.
Also, Luol Deng signed a $20 million, two-year contract with the Heat.
He agreed to the deal over the weekend. The contract signed Tuesday includes a player option for 2015-16.
Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, after spending almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls.
SOURCE SAYS MILLER, CAVS AGREE TO 2-YEAR DEAL: In Cleveland, Mike Miller had choices. None of them was better than playing with LeBron James again.
Miller has agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the Cavaliers, re-uniting the sharpshooting forward with James, his former teammate in Miami. Miller’s contract includes a player option in the second year, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the deal is not yet signed. Miller will make $2.7 million next season, and the option is worth $2.8 million, the person said.
The 34-year-old Miller also was coveted by Dallas and Denver. But the chance to play alongside James was enough to send him to Cleveland. Miller and James played together with the Heat for three seasons, winning two NBA titles. Miller reportedly had a three-year offer from the Mavericks.
Last season, Miller played in 82 games — the most since his rookie season — for Memphis. He shot 46 percent (107 of 233) on 3-pointers and averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds.
NOWITZKI, PARSONS OFFICIALLY SIGN: In Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks officially signed forwards Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons.
The 36-year-old Nowitzki’s contract is for three years and $30 million, with a player option for the final season. It’s similar to the deal Tim Duncan signed with San Antonio two years ago. The 38-year-old Duncan recently exercised the option after the Spurs won their fifth title with him.
Tuesday’s announcement of the contracts came five days after the Mavericks signed Parsons to an offer sheet worth about $46 million over three years. Houston declined to match the offer to the 25-year-old restricted free agent.
Nowitzki and Parsons will be part of a starting frontcourt that includes center Tyson Chandler, who came back to Dallas in a trade with New York.
HAWKS GET SEFOLOSHA IN TRADE WITH THUNDER: In Atlanta, the Atlanta Hawks acquired guard/forward Thabo Sefolosha in a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Atlanta also received the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash considerations from Oklahoma City for the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis and a trade exception. The Thunder say they have one year from Tuesday to use the trade exception.
The Hawks announced on Thursday that they had reached a $12 million, three-year contract with the 6-foot-7 Sefolosha, who averaged 6.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 61 games for Oklahoma City last season, all starts. He has spent eight seasons in the NBA with Chicago and the Thunder.