Pistons exercise option on Stanley Johnson through 2017-18

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) The Detroit Pistons have exercised their team option on forward Stanley Johnson through the 2017-18 season.

The move Thursday came as little surprise after Johnson averaged 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds as a rookie in 2015-16. Detroit drafted him with the No. 8 pick in 2015. He made six starts last season.

Johnson can provide extra athleticism on the wing for a Detroit team built around center Andre Drummond and point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2009.

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