Anthony Tolliver leaves Sacramento to join the Pistons in free agency

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Jose Calderon
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Jose Calderon /

Anthony Tolliver leaves the Sacramento Kings and agrees to a contract with the Detroit Pistons.  This article details Tolliver’s time with Sacramento and a reaction to the signing.

According to Yahoo’s Shams Charania, Anthony Tolliver agreed to a one-year contract for $3.3 million with the Detroit Pistons.  Today, we take a look at Tolliver’s time with the Sacramento Kings and then provide a reaction to this move.  Without further ado, let us jump right into it.

Anthony Tolliver as a King

Anthony Tolliver had a short stay in Sacramento.  He signed a two-year contract worth $16 million with the Kings last offseason.  Tolliver only made it one season after Sacramento waived him and paid a $2 million buyout.  Below is a highlight video of Tolliver’s play from last season.

Tolliver played 65 games in his lone season in California’s capital city.  He averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers made and 1.2 assists per game in 22.7 minutes a night while shooting 44.2% from the field and 39.1% from three-point territory.

Beyond his on-court contributions, Tolliver is a great leader and smart man.  This article from the Sacramento Bee’s Ailene Voisin details Tolliver on a more personal level if you are interested.


The Sacramento Kings cut Tolliver loose, so it was no surprised he signed elsewhere.  I was glad to see him find work.  Tolliver is a valuable stretch four and floor spacer on the court and an excellent teammate off it.  He should fill a bench role for the Pistons and be a good signing at just $3.3 million this season.

Tolliver is already 32 years old so it would have been ideal for him to secure a multi-year deal, but he settled for the familiarity of Detroit.  I hope he plays well and earns himself another deal next offseason.

Final Thoughts

There you have it, Anthony Tolliver ditches the Sacramento Kings to return to the Detroit Pistons.  The Kings roster is about set with 15 players already under contract next season, but anything can happen in the NBA offseason, so keep your eyes peeled for news.

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