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Walta Returns to Detroit

Eh, let's make that Walter.   There's only one 'Walta' in these parts, and Mr. Herrmann isn't him.

But this Walter does have a new contract.

As reported by Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

The Pistons have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with backup Walter Herrmann.

The 6-foot-9 small forward was an unrestricted free agent and salary information was not disclosed.

The Pistons acquired Herrmann last season from the Charlotte Bobcats as part of the trade that shipped out center Nazr Mohammed.

Doesn't seem like a major signing given his limited role with the PIstons, but it is worth remembering that the second-year player has been very productive when given opportunities.

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The back end of the 2006-07 season in Charlotte was known as much for Herrmann's apparent rookie break-out as anything else.  That season, he started his final 12 games and performed quite admirably in doing so, averaging 19.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as a starter.  He put up 30 points once and 20-plus on seven other occasions over that span. 

In the middle of 2007-08, Herrmann was shipped to Detroit in order to bring in big-man help in Mohammed, and while his role was minimal with the Pistons, his per-minute production remained impressive.  For his two-year career, the man averages better than 16 points and nearly 6 boards per 36 minutes.  He posts an imprssive 58.2 percent true shooting, and he possesses a nice touch both inside and on the perimeter.

On a Detroit team looking to shake itself up a bit in the year to come, perhaps we'll see more of Herrmann than originally expected.