Report: Veteran stretch four Anthony Tolliver returning to the Detroit Pistons

Detroit’s own Jalen Rose says becoming a veteran is one of the best things a player can be.

That means a player has withstood the grind of the NBA season many times over, and has made the sacrifices and endured the tribulations to stick around and forge a long career in The Association.

For a player like Anthony Tolliver, the veteran status means even more.

After a few years playing overseas and a few more in the NBA’s Developmental League, Tolliver has played in the NBA in nine straight seasons.

Make that 10.

Shams Charania of The Vertical is reporting Tuesday that Tolliver will be back with the Detroit Pistons for the 2017-18 season.

Tolliver’s second stint with the Pistons will be his 10th stretch with an NBA team. He has played on nine NBA teams with Detroit the first team he has returned to after leaving.

Charania reports the free agent deal with Detroit will be for $3.3 million. The signing comes after the Sacramento Kings declined an $8 million team option for the forward from Springfield, Missouri.

Tolliver turned 32 on June 1, the same day Sacramento declined to pick up his option. The Creighton graduate earned $8 million from the Kings last season, scoring 7.1 points and grabbing 3.6 rebounds in 22.7 minutes of action per game. Tolliver shot a strong .391 percent from three-point range last season.

His career numbers are 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, right at 20.0 minutes per contest.

Tolliver is a strong three-point shooter and regarded as a great player to have in the locker room, which Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy must have taken note of in bringing him back to Motown.

Tolliver’s only full season in Detroit was 2015-16, which was the only year the Pistons have made the playoffs since 2008-09.

He also has played in Germany and Turkey, but Tolliver’s career is almost like a tour of the league’s smaller markets. The stretch four has had stints with the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte (then) Bobcats, the Phoenix Suns, and then the Pistons and Kings.

His best season came in 2009-10, when he spent most of it with the Warriors, averaging 11.7 points and 7.0 rebounds for the year, starting 29 games for coach Don Nelson’s team.

In Detroit, he’ll join a frontcourt that features centers Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic, along with forwards Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer.

A forward spot became available in Detroit last week after Marcus Morris was traded to the Boston Celtics for Avery Bradley and a second-round pick.

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