Detroit Pistons: 3 things the Pistons can learn from the Memphis Grizzlies

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Detroit Pistons: Use cap space creatively

The Memphis Grizzlies have shown that you can use cap space in ways other than just signing free agents.

One way to do so is by picking up assets by taking on bad contracts, which the Grizzlies have done successfully several times.

The Grizzlies netted a first-round pick by taking Andre Iguodala in a trade from the Warriors and were then able to flip him for Justise Winslow.

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So, just by taking on Iggy’s contract, the Grizzlies got a first-round pick and a nice young player on a reasonable contract. This is how you use cap space effectively.

The Detroit Pistons can try to execute similar moves starting next season when they will have some cap space after the Blake Griffin contract is finished, but they can also sign value free agents and try to flip them.

They already have two guys in Josh Jackson and Mason Plumlee who look like value signings from last offseason and might be able to be traded for future assets.

Cap space isn’t about free agents for the Detroit Pistons, it’s about maximizing value and finding guys to flip for young players or future picks.