Pistons keep McDyess off next year's free-agent market

DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons signed forward
Antonio McDyess to a two-year extension on Monday, keeping the team's top
reserve off the free-agent market next summer.

McDyess, whose career once was in doubt because of knee
operations, played in a career-high 82 games in each of the last
two seasons. He has one season remaining on his current deal.

"I'm excited to have worked out a contract extension with the
Pistons," McDyess said in a statement. "We have enjoyed a lot of
success as a team since I came to Detroit three years ago and I
look forward to the upcoming season and making another run at an
NBA championship."

The 32-year-old McDyess averaged 8.1 points -- making 53 percent
of his shots -- six rebounds and 21 minutes a game last season,
finishing sixth in voting for the Sixth Man of the Year.

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will keep
Antonio McDyess here as an important veteran leader on this team,"
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said in a
statement. "Antonio has been a major part of our success over the
last three years and we look forward to his continued solid play in
the future."

After he won an Olympic gold medal in 2000 and played in the
All-Star game in 2001, knee injuries limited McDyess to just 52
games over three seasons before coming to Detroit in 2004 after the
Pistons won the NBA title.

McDyess previously has said he told his agent, Andy Miller,
twice that he wanted to retire because he was frustrated while
rehabbing his knee in New York and Phoenix. But Miller didn't act
on his client's wishes, and it proved to be a wise move.

McDyess averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in 77 games during
the 2004-05 season, helping the Pistons reach the NBA Finals again,
and was one of the players who helped them have the best record in
the Eastern Conference and reach the conference finals the next two

"We're excited about getting this done so that Antonio can help
the Pistons compete for championships in the years to come,"
Miller said.