Bad contracts the Pistons could take on for a 1st-round pick

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Detroit Pistons, Troy Weaver

Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

While many fans will look towards the big free agent names or big trade chips in the offseason, a team like the Detroit Pistons might have to get creative.

That could be a criticism of Troy Weaver, as he has failed to stockpile draft picks like teams like the Thunder, Jazz and Rockets. Could this offseason be an opportunity to change that and potentially take on some bad contracts to acquire a first-round pick in the process? Here are some players with bad contracts around the league that the Pistons could look to trade for in hopes of getting a first-round pick in return.

This free-agent class is not deep with talent that fits the Pistons, so this would be one way to use the cap space to take on assets. Fans might not be happy with this strategy, but Detroit owes the Knicks their first-round pick next season (heavily protected) and won’t be able to trade a pick until 2029, which hampers their ability to make moves.

Picking up a first-round pick by taking on a bad contract is one way the Pistons could get around those limitations, and they might just be able to find a player who can help them in the process.

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