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Pistons sign guard Kay Felder to two-way contract

Kay Felder

The Detroit Pistons have added Kay Felder to its roster after the diminutive point guard signed a two-way contract with the team, per Tony Paul of the Detroit News.

With this development, the 54th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft will be also be suiting up for the Grand Rapids Drive, the G League team of Detroit, occasionally as the Pistons deem necessary. Felder’s addition was mainly borne out of the team’s dire need for a backup point guard after Reggie Jackson sustained a sprained ankle. Jackson is expected to be back by February at the latest.

Originally picked by the Atlanta Hawks in the draft, Felder was then bought out by Cleveland for a $2.4 million. It was a tough ride for him as he bounced back and forth from the Canton Charge and the Cavs during his rookie season. Ultimately, Felder was traded to Hawks, along with Richard Jefferson, to make room for the team’s bevy of offseason acquisitions.

The Hawks had him waived, which eventually led to him signing with the Chicago Bulls. However, Felder was waived once more

His former coach with the Bulls in Fred Hoiberg had good things to say about the young player.

“Kay is a really tough-nosed kid. That’s great; I’m excited for him,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said of the reported signing. “He did some good things for our team: He’s ultra-quick, bouncy and can get to the rim and he’s a guy who can get it going.”

Felder played 56 games over his first two seasons and averaged 3.9 points and 1.4 assists per game.

The 5-foot-9 point guard’s addition to the Pistons holds a special meaning for him, being a native of Detroit himself.