Anthony Tolliver may not have much time left in his NBA career – he might as well spend it in a familiar place.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that Tolliver is signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons.

The power forward spent a couple of years with the Pistons following a trade from the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game during his only full season with the club. He also made one of his three playoff appearances with them in 2016.

Last season, Tolliver signed with the Sacramento Kings, where he averaged 7.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The team waived him at the conclusion of the season, ostensibly to make room for their draft plans. It was one of his better seasons in the NBA.

He may not be able to contribute a great deal to the Pistons. He has averaged 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game during his career. Three-point shots occasionally fall, but he does not take them often.

He does provide some needed forward depth after the team dealt Marcus Morris for Avery Bradley, though.

Detroit has been active this offseason, but they have not necessarily improved in a meaningful way. In addition to the trade, they signed point guard Langston Galloway in free agency and drafted shooting guard Luke Kennard. Meanwhile, they renounced their free agency rights to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Trade rumors will continue to dog Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, who remain on the roster. Additionally, patience may be wearing thin with coach Stan Van Gundy.

Many teams in the Eastern Conference have taken a step back during this offseason. Detroit could have capitalized on that opportunity, but chose to take a step backwards as well.

Tolliver will not solve any major issues for the team, but he will be a decent bench player on another disappointing Pistons squad.

Holden Walter-Warner is an NBA and college basketball columnist at Follow him on Twitter — hwalterwarner.

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Holden Walter-Warner is a sports and entertainment writer from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a degree in Media and Communications. Holden is also a writer for 12UP Sports and enjoys cheering on the less glitzy New York teams, such as the Mets, Knicks, and Jets.

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