Detroit Pistons interested in Earl Barron, a 7-foot free-agent center who averaged a double-double for the New York Knicks last season

The Pistons are in contact with free-agent center Earl Barron’s people, Christopher Reina of RealGM wrote. (Hat tip: gmehl1977 in the comments)

Barron averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds in seven games with the Knicks late last season.  He even had 17 points and 18 rebounds against the Celtics! I don’t think the 29-year-old is as good as his numbers were last year, but I’d like to know how close he is.

In his interview with Keith Langlois of, Joe Dumars said he was looking at inviting a big man to training camp. I guess that’s Barron. Dumars:

I also think the one thing that we’re missing with our team right now is the big, the oversized, 7-foot guy you can stick in the middle of your defense, in the middle of your offense, and play. We don’t have that particular guy yet, but I like all the other parts that we have.

The Pistons have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, so someone would have to go for Barron to make the team. But Detroit kept training-camp-invitee Chucky Atkins over Deron Washington last year, so that might give Barron confidence to pick the Pistons over the other teams likely to extend him an invite.

It won’t be anything season-changing, even if he signs, but getting Barron to camp would be a plus.

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