Pistons sign Keifer Sykes, which means more moves are coming

Indiana Pacers guard Keifer Sykes (28) Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Pacers guard Keifer Sykes (28) Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Pistons have had a strange offseason, mostly going quiet after a series of moves around the 2022 NBA Draft.

It does feel like Troy Weaver has something brewing, as there has been speculation that Detroit isn’t done dealing and may take on a big contract in exchange for future assets.

They still have the Kemba Walker situation to deal with, as the Pistons have been hesitant to buy him out, possibly hoping to use his contract in a trade.

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The waters got a little murkier yesterday, when it was announced that Detroit signed guard  Keifer Sykes to an Exhibit 10 contract:

Detroit already has a glut of guards coming to training camp, so  the 28-year-old Sykes is likely going to get waived and eventually signed to a G-League deal or allowed to go play for another team.

It’s highly unlikely that the 6-foot point guard ever plays for the Pistons, but signing him ensures that there are more moves coming.

The Detroit Pistons roster is full

Teams are allowed to carry 20 players into training camp and Detroit has now exceeded that number after signing Sykes, so someone is going to have to go within the next couple of weeks.

The most obvious choice is Kemba Walker, who was thought to be a candidate for a buy out, though Weaver is clearly working through any and all options when it comes to trading him.

There is also the possibility that they are going to make a trade that sends out multiple players in exchange for one. Since they are not expected to really compete next season, many have speculated that the Pistons could trade for Russell Westbrook, sending out four contracts to take back his albatross along with some draft assets.

Saben Lee, Micah Potter or Buddy Boeheim could be waived, which would open up a roster spot, but something is going to have to happen in the upcoming days, as the Pistons have too many players on the roster.

The offseason is rapidly coming to an end, but it’s not over yet, so stayed tuned because Detroit has more moves coming.

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