Chris Iott of MLive wrote today about the Pistons’ sale would affect their offseason, and I wanted to clear up a few discrepancies about timing.
The Pistons cannot sign free agents or trade players right now
The ownership change will be official in the next 30 days or so. As long as it is completed before the end of the postseason, it will not hurt the Pistons when it comes to potential trades or moves in free agency.
The Pistons can trade players with any team that has also completed its season, according to Larry Coon’s FAQ. So, if Joe Dumars’ hands are still tied until the NBA approves the sale, the Pistons could be missing trade possibilities.
Dumars usually holds a news conference a few days after the season ends to review the season and discuss plans for the summer. That news conference has not taken place, and has not been scheduled for the near future.
The Pistons season ended April 14 last year, and Dumars held his press conference May 25. In previous years, Dumars’ press conference came closer to the Pistons’ final game, but they also made the playoffs those years. That obviously leaves a shorter window between the end of the season and the draft, when Dumars would meet with the media.
There will be a small window for trades and free agency thanks to a likely lockout July 1. The days between the end of the NBA finals and the end of the current collective bargaining agreement could be full of activity for Dumars and the Pistons.
Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, players with expiring contracts become free agents July 1, and they can sign July 8. Considering the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires June 30, free agency won’t begin until the players and owners reach a new deal.