The Detroit Pistons will have a big advantage next offseason

General manager Troy Weaver of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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After re-signing Hamidou Diallo, the Detroit Pistons are nearly done constructing their roster for the 2021-22 season.

They will still have to cut or trade one player to make room for Diallo, but other than that, this is pretty much the team.

Detroit has improved in some key areas, but will rely heavily on internal development from their young players if they want to improve upon their 20 wins from last season.

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Cade Cunningham was the big obvious addition along with free agent Kelly Olynyk, but these two are probably not enough to propel the Pistons into serious contention for a playoff spot.

They are probably still at least a year away, but luckily the Detroit Pistons will have a big advantage over the competition next offseason, as they will be one of the only teams with cap space.

Detroit Pistons: How much cap space will the Pistons have next offseason?

According to Bobby Marks at ESPN, the Detroit Pistons will be one of only four teams to have any cap space next summer, the other three being the Magic, Spurs and Timberwolves.

ESPN is projecting that the Pistons, Magic and Spurs will all have at least $30 million in cap space while the Timberwolves will have around $20 million.

All of these teams are currently rebuilding, so there really isn’t a marquee free-agent destination for the Pistons to compete with next offseason.

The Detroit Pistons will be getting the heavy burden of the Blake Griffin contract off their books, so Troy Weaver is going to have some money to play around with.

The question is what he’ll do with it. Will the Pistons be able to lure a big-name free agent to Detroit? Are there even going to be any? Let’s take a look.