After drafting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Joe Dumars said:
“When you look at our board, there is not a name up there where we say ‘two guard,’ ” Dumars said, talking about his team’s depth chart. “We have Khris Middleton and Kyle Singler (at small forward); we have (Rodney) Stuckey and Brandon (Knight), who are more combo guards.
Kim English is inconspicuously missing from that list, which I find rather meaningful because he’s definitely a two guard. But perhaps he’s no longer on the Pistons’ board.
English was one of the Pistons’ most disappointing players last season, which isn’t really fair to a second-round pick. But because he’s so darn likable, I really hoped for more.
Unfortunately, his defense was abysmal, and he shot 28 percent on 3-pointers. For someone who I hoped could become a good 3-and-D player, he wasn’t close on either end.
The Pistons have 11 players under contract plus Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell and Peyton Siva plus $8 million in cap space. The roster limit is 15, and English’s contract is fully unguaranteed until July 13.
Detroit would clear $298,692 in cap room by waiving English on or before July 12, but roster space is the bigger issue.
Needless to say, summer league seems to be crucial for English’s hopes of remaining on the team.