-- On Day 11 of NBA free agency, here's our team-by-team analysis of the major and minor deals.
Updates on each deal will be posted here throughout the day.
All deals listed alphabetically by team.
<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/topics/sports/basketball/detroit-pistons.htm" class="r_lapi">Detroit Pistons</a>
1.?Agreed to a reported one-year, $3.3 million deal with forward Anthony Tolliver
This is a return to Pistons for Tolliver, who played nearly two seasons in Detroit before signing with the Sacramento Kings last summer. Bringing back Tolliver, a stretch-4, seems to signal Tobias Harris will play more small forward this season with the Marcus Morris trade and that Jon Leuer might play more center with the departure of Aron Baynes.
In value terms, Tolliver at $3.3 million is a solid deal for the Pistons. The one question here is whether they might have gotten more value from their biannual exception next summer, when the market for free agents is likely to be tight. (As the name implies, teams can use the biannual exception every other year.) Tolliver's addition probably comes close to completing Detroit's roster. The Pistons have 15 players under contract now, though Michael Gbinije and Eric Moreland have partially guaranteed salaries.
<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/topics/sports/basketball/new-york-knicks.htm" class="r_lapi">New York Knicks</a>
1.?Agreed to a reported two-year, $9 million deal with guard Ron Baker
One of the biggest mistakes teams can make is falling in love with their own finds. As an undrafted rookie making the minimum salary, Baker was a find for the Knicks, starting 13 games and playing 857 minutes after making the team in training camp. But it's easy to overstate how well he played.
Though New York used Baker primarily at point guard last season, he's really more of a combo guard, the role he played in college. Baker's assist rate was below average for a point guard, as was his turnover rate. To be a useful NBA player, Baker will also have to bounce back from 3-point range. A 36.9 percent career 3-point shooter at Wichita State, Baker shot just 26.7 percent from the NBA line as a rookie, a major reason his true shooting percentage was a dismal .456.
Baker's salary ($9 million over two years) isn't especially problematic in and of itself. The issue is the team's management of resources. The Knicks used the entirety of their room midlevel to re-sign Baker, and that was their only avenue to add players making more than the veteran's minimum after landing Tim Hardaway Jr. on a four-year, $71 million offer sheet. Barring a trade, New York's point guards next season will be Baker, 18-year-old rookie Frank Ntilikina and a free agent signed at the minimum. That projects as the league's worst point guard rotation by a wide margin.
As ESPN's Bobby Marks notes, before signing Baker the Knicks can still use their small sliver of remaining cap space to sign second-round pick Damyean Dotson to a contract longer than two years. That will prevent a repeat of this situation. Baker was a free agent this summer because New York signed him to a one-year contract instead of a longer one that would have enabled the Knicks to retain him at a much lower price.