The Pistons are close to a two-year deal with Chris Wilcox, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Update: The deal is worth $6 million, according to Chad Ford of ESPN. Here’s an estimated salary chart.
Team Option, Qualify Offer, Player Option
I have no idea how Wilcox’s contract is structured, but most player receive annual raises. If that’s the case, I’ll update the chart.
If it’s $3 million each year, Detroit has $2,363,295 in cap room (including a $457,588 roster charge for not having 12 players).
If Wilcox will make more money in 2010-11, the Pistons have up to an extra $89,000 in cap room this year – hardly enough to make a difference.
I’m moderately enthused about the signing. Who else was Detroit going to get? Rasho Nesterovic?
Wilcox (6-foot-10, 221 pounds) spent more time at center than power forward with the Thunder and Knicks last season. But he was more productive at power forward. The Pistons will obviously have to use extensively him at center unless they make another move.
Wilcox is just 26 (although he’ll be 27 before the season starts). He still has plenty of time to improve.
I don’t expect him to be an All-Star, but his physical talent made him the eighth pick in the 2002 draft. With a little more polish, he could be a reliable starter.
Hopefully, his second year isn’t guaranteed. The Pistons would be slightly under the cap in the summer of 2010. And if they trade Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince for an expiring contract, they’d have room to go after somebody.
I know the free-agent class won’t be what many expected, but several top players will still be out there.
This reminds me of the Kwame Brown signing. He’s solid. But is a guaranteed second year really necessary? That decision with Brown was probably the difference between Charlie Villanueva and Paul Millsap or David Lee.
Did Detroit make the same concession again?
- For more on Wilcox, check out Patrick Hayes’s post on It’s Just Sports advocating signing the Maryland product.
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