Pistons sign Andre Drummond

Obviously. Per the Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Pistons have signed first-round draft pick Andre Drummond to a multiyear deal.

The team announced the deal tonight but did not disclose terms.

The situation with the team’s second round picks, however, possibly depends on what the Pistons are planning to do with their roster. If no trade is in the works to clear at least one roster spot to accommodate the reportedly returning Ben Wallace, the team does have the option of not offering a contract to its second round picks. That seems unlikely — Kim English has played well during two summer league games and, though Khris Middleton has struggled, the team seemed to be very high on him after selecting him with the first of their two second round picks. They could also amnesty a player or release one outright, but since those contracts are guaranteed, those represent far more expensive options.

According to resident PistonPowered capologist Dan Feldman, the Pistons have until Sept. 6 to offer their draft picks contracts. If a contract hasn’t been offered by then, they lose the rights to that player. Trading a player for a pick would work to free a spot, assuming they can find a team right now that would give up a draft pick for the handful of players the Pistons might consider trading. Trading multiple players for fewer players in return would work as well. They could also try and convince one of their second round picks to play overseas for a year, but who knows how receptive either would be to that.

Anyway, the best solution would be a trade. Even if he has struggled, the Pistons are rebuilding, so no one wants to see the team give up on a draft pick so quickly.

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