Detroit Pistons: Best and worst free-agent fits with Cade Cunningham
Here is a small handful, in no particular order, that might contribute, primarily, as off-the-bench backcourt contributors. Guys who, if they were up for taking a role, might fit in.
How about a reunion? Jackson is familiar with Detroit, signed here once before, and had played some of his best basketball here. He has shown that he can start, and also come off the bench to play a meaningful role. He’s 33-years-old, and that goes against the proverbial timeline, but would some veteran leadership be so bad? If Jackson was willing to accept a bench role and a 1 or 2 year deal at a reasonable price, he’d actually be a surprisingly solid choice. Last season he started 38 times, and averaged 10.2 points and 3.4 assists across 24.4 minutes. He’d give Cade Cunningham a veteran voice who could also share some of the ball-handling duties in a pinch.
White seemed to be on the cusp of All-Stardom a few years back, but never quite made it. He’s seen his minutes go up and down, and for the most part, is no longer seen as a starter in Chicago. He wouldn’t be one in Detroit either, but if the Pistons have lost faith in Killian Hayes then maybe White could help shoulder the load he’s destined to leave behind. He lacks the length, penchant for highlight-reel caliber dimes, but he packs some offensive punch. He shot better than 37 percent from 3 last season, and he’s only 23-years-old. He brings a different set of problems, but perhaps his strengths better lend themselves to the Pistons, as he would be better off the ball with Cade Cunningham.
Once upon a time, 6-foot-4 Lonnie Walker was seen as a foundational piece of the San Antonio Spurs future. These days, he’s gaining valuable playoff experience with the Los Angeles Lakers. Again, it doesn’t seem like Killian Hayes has a lock on his role with the Pistons, and there are quite a few guards out there with varying skillsets who could conceivably step in and be a better fit. Walker is a decent 3-point shooter who is still just 24-years-old.