Detroit Pistons: Ranking available free agent veteran guards in 2023
Bruce Brown Jr.
Bruce Brown is the best player on this list, and one of the ex-Pistons who has been great in the playoffs as a do-it-all role player for the Denver Nuggets.
Brown will also likely be the most expensive player on this list, as he’s still in his prime and would definitely get big minutes off the Detroit bench.
Brown is more of a guard/wing than the point guard the Pistons tried to make him into, which is just fine, as he can guard four positions. His 3-point shooting has improved mightily since he left Detroit, as he hit over 35 percent this season and over 40 percent last season.
Brown is far from a great shooter, but he can hold his own. It would be his defense, hustle and versatility that the Detroit Pistons would most covet.
Brown has a player option for $6.8 million next season and Denver is almost certainly going to try and bring him back, though they are limited in how much of a raise they can give him.
It’s possible Detroit would really have to blow away their offer to get him out of Denver, as Brown is a great fit with the Nuggets and is about to play for a title. It’s doubtful he’d want to take a similar role with the Pistons unless the money was significantly more.
In other words, Brown is a long shot.