The Detroit Pistons entered this offseason with the most cap space of any team in the NBA, but mostly opted to sit on it, re-signing their own free agents and making minor moves instead of the big splash.
They didn’t make a serious run at any of the top guys and now have 19 players under contract for next season (including the two-way guys) and could go into next season without any more major additions to the roster.
The Pistons will roll with a very young roster once again, but Cade Cunningham should have a little more firepower around him and they will hopefully take the next step towards sustained contention.
They kept their powder dry for next offseason, when they will once again have a copious amount of cap space, but this time, there will be more top guys to potentially spend it on.
Detroit Pistons: Cap space in the Summer of 2023
According to ESPN (SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED) the Detroit Pistons are one of four teams (Rockets, Spurs, Magic) that could have a minimum of $60 million in cap space next summer due to their young rosters and a rise in the projected salary cap.
The problem is that unlike this Summer, nearly half of the league will have some amount of cap space, though that number could certainly be smaller after the dust settles this offseason depending on what happens.
The Detroit Pistons will likely have stiff competition for talent, but will have the cap space to make a run at a max guy (or two) or to spread that money around to several quality rotation players.
There is plenty of talent to choose from, starting with some ex-MVPs and future Hall-of-Famers and bunch of All-Stars and impact starters.