Detroit Pistons Free Agency Preview

Practical Max Cap Space: –$17,000,000

Good Contracts:

Luke Kennard $3,500,000

Reggie Bullock $2,500,000

Bad Contracts:

Jon Leur 10,000,000


Biggest Need:

Shooting on the wings

Key Free Agents:

Anthony Tolliver

Best Free Agent Target:

Doug McDermott


The Pistons have their team already. Their only true rotational player in free agency is Anthony Tolliver, and he was Blake Griffin’s backup. Their top three players are locked into large multi-year deals. This includes Griffin’s monster contract that caused him to be moved from L.A., Drummonds 25 million, and Jackson’s 18. You have some cheap shooters on the wings, in Bullock and Kennard. This team also does not have a draft pick even though they did not make the playoffs. So what you see is what you get. They need more players to stretch the floor for their talented big men and those kinds of players are in short supply. And the ones that are out there, are going to demand more than the mid-level exception. That’s why their best chance at adding a good player is McBuckets. He can play the four and the five, and absolutely strokes it from three. He could be moved on from Dallas after being acquired there mid season. The Pistons are in a playoff chase, but they don’t really have the talent to get far. They are lacking on quality wing players and their depth leaves much to be desired. They have some talent, but it does not gel on the court at all. Blake and Drummond require so much space, and the knockdown shooters needed to space the floor for them just are not on the roster. But getting Reggie Jackson back for a healthy season could be the biggest addition this team makes. The big men on this team need someone to run the pick and roll with and RJ is that guy. He can hit threes and score as well. But this team is in an awkward position, without a gm and a head coach despite being just a couple of weeks away from the draft. Once this team creates more of an identity for themselves, their free agency plans might be easier to predict.


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