AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that the club has signed free agent guard/forward Jarvis Hayes to a contract. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to add Jarvis Hayes to our roster,” said Dumars. “Jarvis has proven himself as a solid NBA player over the last four seasons and we like the flexibility and depth he will bring to our team at the small forward position.”
Hayes, 26, appeared in a career-high 81 games last season with the Washington Wizards averaging 7.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 21 times a year ago, including a career-high 29 points at New Jersey (4/7). Drafted by Washington with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft, Hayes was named to the 2003-04 NBA All-Rookie Second Team and was selected to participate in the Got Milk? Rookie-Sophomore Game during NBA All-Star 2004.
Hayes has career averages of 8.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 25.4 minutes in 226 NBA games. He averaged a career-high 10.2 points in 54 games during the 2004-05 NBA campaign, a season that was cut short due to injury.
If the Pistons are looking for someone who can consistently get to the rack then Hayes might not be their guy.
If they simply want an upgrade over Carlos Delfino than Hayes will be fine (when he's healthy)
Well, I wasn't exactly saying he is that guy. Stuckey has to be that guy. My point is they need offense of the bench, not more defense so Hayes will be a formidable upgrade of Delfino who showed he can not put it on the floor or in the bucket consistently.
Plus, we'll see what magic Arnie Kander can whip up for Hayes. He has helped Dyess and Webber a lot.