The Detroit Pistons have a young roster that is being built around Cade Cunningham and now Jaden Ivey.
It may be hyperbole in the case of Ivey, but his brief showing in Summer League was electric, so I don’t think it’s far-fetched that he will be part of the future.
Same with Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart, Jalen Duren and Isaiah Livers, who is my pick to have a big breakout season for the Detroit Pistons after a strong finish to last season and promising Summer League.
Marvin Bagley III is locked into a new deal, so the Pistons have one of the most exciting young cores in the league and the makings of future success.
Other than that, they have veterans on expiring deals, tryout players like Kevin Knox and a trio of young players who are going to have to play their way into the core.
Detroit Pistons: It’s a make-or-break season
Lee doesn’t have a clear path to get minutes this season, as he is buried on the depth chart, especially now that the Pistons have added two more guards in Ivey and Alec Burks. Killian Hayes is going to get the first shot at backup point guard, and the Detroit still has veteran Cory Joseph, a guy who started at guard much of last season.
Lee has just a team option for $1.9 million after this season, so if he isn’t waived this offseason, he will have to show the Detroit Pistons that he is worth keeping around as a 3rd or 4th point guard.
CoJo’s contract will be up, so there is a potential opening there for Lee if he can carve out a role for himself this season, but he will have to shoot more efficiently and has plenty of competition for minutes.