The Detroit Pistons haven’t done anything in NBA free agency so far this offseason.
After hearing all season about the cap space the Pistons would have, they chose to kick it down the road in trades for the expiring contracts of Joe Harris and Monte Morris.
The former seems mostly like a financial deal, while the latter is a guy who the Pistons could retain for the long term, as Morris is still just 28-years-old and one of the better backup point guards in the league.
But the big free agent didn’t come, which is probably for the best, as the Pistons were able to improve incrementally while still focusing on their young core’s development and not attaching themselves to an onerous contract.
Free agency isn’t over yet, and there are still some good players remaining, many of which are former members of the Detroit Pistons.
Ex-Detroit Pistons highlight remaining NBA free agents
The list of available NBA free agents is dwindling quickly, but there are plenty of ex-Pistons still on the board, including two of the top remaining players:
- Christian Wood
- Hamidou Diallo
- Ish Smith
- Kevin Knox
- Markieff Morris
- Blake Griffin
- Rodney McGruder
- Svi Mykhailiuk
- Boban Marjanovic
- DJ Augustin
- Buddy Boeheim
- Louis King
Christian Wood is probably the top free agent remaining, though so far he hasn’t gotten more than minimum offers according to reports. This is a 27-year-old in his prime who is off a season of 16 points and eight rebounds on good shooting numbers and he can’t find a job for more than the minimum, which shows how he is viewed around the league. Fans who think Detroit “gave up” on Wood should probably ask why he’s been on seven teams already and why no one seems to want to sign him.
Hamidou Diallo is also one of the top remaining guys, though the two of them may have to wait on deals, as right now there doesn’t appear to be much interest and teams may be waiting to see if any big trades go down before filling out the rest of their rosters.
Of these players, the only one that has any chance of returning to the Detroit Pistons is Rodney McGruder, as I could definitely see him as a candidate to fill the final roster spot since there is familiarity there on both sides.
The rest of the players will be fighting to stay in the league and at best will have end-of-the-bench roles for someone and at worst won’t have a job at all.