Day one of free agency is in the books and the Detroit Pistons have used most of their cap space.
Detroit traded nothing to the Nets in exchange for Joe Harris and two second-round picks, then moved a second-rounder to the Wizards for point guard Monte Morris.
It wasn’t the dream day some fans were hoping for, but Detroit was able to secure two veteran shooters on expiring contracts, guys who will help spread the floor without doing any long-term damage to the finances.
The last thing fans of a terrible 17-win team want to hear is to be patient, but unfortunately, that’s where we are.
Of course, the Pistons can still make trades to shake up their roster, as they are still heavy on centers and guards, and they also have the mid-level exception of around $7.8 million to use on free agents.
Here are several that are still available who might be had for the mid-level.
*Things are moving quickly, so some of these players may not be available by the time you read this.
Remaining free agents Pistons could sign with the midlevel exception
Grant Williams: The Celtics made Williams the qualifying offer of $8.4 million, so he’d probably just accept that and become an unrestricted free agent next year rather than to take less to come to the Pistons. If Detroit were to clear some more cap space in a trade, then they could bump this offer up a bit and potentially get Williams at a bargain.
Donte DiVincenzo: Makes a lot less sense now that they’ve traded for Harris and Morris, though Detroit could probably get him at that price.
PJ Washington: He was also tendered the qualifying offer of just over $8 million. Washington would help bolster Detroit’s power forward spot and it’s possible that a 3 year/$24 million deal would be enough. He’s one to keep an eye on.
Jalen McDaniels: McDaniels is another guy who could add some depth at the power forward spot and would likely be available for less than the full mid-level the Pistons have to offer.
Kelly Oubre: Going to get more than the mid-level, so Detroit would have to make additional moves.
Torrey Craig: My guy! Craig probably fits right into that mid-level slot and would add another 3-and-D forward to the roster. He knows Monty, can guard either forward spot and is coming off his best season as a shooter.