The Detroit Pistons made a flurry of moves early in the offseason but have since been keeping a low profile.
Troy Weaver pulled of a draft-day coup by getting both Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren while also bringing in veterans Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel to help fill needs and give the Pistons some additional experience.
It has taken two years, but Weaver’s transformation of the Pistons is getting there, though they are still very young and have some holes to fill.
They have a full roster and could go into next season with what they have. If you take a look at the depth chart, the Pistons do have a roster they can go to war with to start the season.
But that doesn’t mean that they are done dealing.
How much cap space do the Detroit Pistons have and what do they need?
Even though their roster is full, there are still plenty of ways for the Pistons to make moves, whether it is by waiving a player to open a space, or by making a trade.
According to Spotrac, the Pistons have around $6.7 million in available cap space currently, so they do have some money to play around with.
That is enough to add another mid-level free agent or to use in a trade where they can take back additional money. I don’t see the Detroit Pistons making a big, splashy move, but they certainly still have some needs.
The first and most obvious is scoring and shooting. The loss of Jerami Grant and his 20+ points per game is going to hurt, and even though they have guys like Jaden Ivey and Alec Burks to pick up the slack, it’s a lot to ask of a rookie and a guy who has been a role player for his entire career.
The Pistons will also miss Grant’s perimeter defense and leadership, so adding another veteran forward who can shoot a little wouldn’t hurt.
Whether it is a guard or forward, the Pistons could use at least one more guy who is a knockdown shooter, as currently only Burks and journeyman Cory Joseph have shot over 40 percent from long range and I don’t think CoJo is going to scare anyone.
Cade Cunningham will almost certainly be better from 3-point range, as will Saddiq Bey, and Isaiah Livers could end up being the high-volume guy they need, but that again is putting a lot of pressure on young players who are still developing.
This roster is definitely not complete and still has a glaring need that hampered the team last season, so I am sure Troy Weaver and the Detroit Pistons will be active again at some point in the offseason and that we will see a few more minor moves before it is over.