Yearly 'make-or-break' year for Austin Daye trend continues, with an added twist

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press wrote about what has been a yearly theme in Austin Daye‘s career, the ‘this is a make-or-break season’ meme. Except this time, it actually kind of is:

Daye is eligible for a contract extension by Oct. 31, but given his lack of production and the organization’s obvious goal of having as much cap space as possible next summer, an extension is not in the offing. So he will be a free agent next summer – the only question being whether he will be restricted or unrestricted. If the Pistons tender him a qualifying offer next June, he will be restricted.

Daye’s problems as a Piston haven’t stemmed from a lack of work ethic. He clearly works in the offseason. But he hasn’t been able to find any kind of role that suits his unique physical tools and skillset and his confidence seems to wane significantly when his shots aren’t falling. This year, however, perhaps the motivating factor of playing for his next contract will provide the extra incentive to find that consistent production and be the 3-point threat the Pistons could really use off their bench.

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