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Rotowire: Jul 16 / 6:48a ET
News: Coach Stan Van Gundy recently indicated that Leuer would rank ahead of rookie Henry Ellenson on the depth chart to begin the upcoming season, Rod Beard of the Detroit News reports.
Impact: Like Leuer, Ellenson is regarded as a power forward who can stretch the floor, but he's not nearly as much of a threat from three-point range at this stage of his career. Leuer hit 38.2 percent of his three-point tries in 2015-16 and holds a strong 37.5 percent mark over five NBA seasons; conversely, Ellenson nailed just 28.8 percent of his attempts in his lone college campaign at Marquette, despite benefiting from the shorter line. The Pistons intend to use the upcoming season as a developmental one for Ellenson, so look for Leuer, who inked a four-year, $42 million deal this offseason, to be a mainstay on the second unit.
Rotowire: Jul 2 / 11:04a ET
News: Leuer agreed Saturday with the Pistons on a four-year, $42 million contract, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: The 27-year-old is expected to provide depth at power forward behind Tobias Harris, giving the Pistons another big man who can stretch the floor. Leuer enjoyed the best statistical season of his career in 2015-16, averaging 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds across 18.7 minutes per game. He also shot 38.2 percent from three-point range, which was the second-best mark of his career.
StatsLLC: Jul 2 / 12:00a ET
News: Leuer has agreed to a four-year, $42 million contract with the Pistons.
Impact: Leuer averaged career highs of 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 67 games with Phoenix last season. The five-year veteran also shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range, and his outside shooting ability should fit well in coach Stan Van Gundy's system.