Detroit Pistons could have major roster churn after 2023-24 season

Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Detroit Pistons guard Killian Hayes Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Troy Weaver hasn’t been shy about making changes since becoming the GM of the Detroit Pistons.

There isn’t a single player on the current roster who was there when Weaver took over and the team has had a wide ensemble cast in that time, largely made up of young draft picks, has beens and never weres.

The 2023-24 roster will actually be one of the more stable he’s had, as most of the players are returning from last season with the additions of Ausar Thompson, Marcus Sasser, Monte Morris and Joe Harris.

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Roster imbalance and instability have been major issues for Weaver’s teams so far, which he hopes will end now that the core is in place.

But after next season we could once again see some major roster turnover around the young core of Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Jalen Duren, Isaiah Stewart and Ausar Thompson.

The Detroit Pistons roster after next season

The Detroit Pistons will likely go through another big makeover after the 2023-24 season, as they have six players on expiring contracts, some of whom will almost certainly not be back.

  • Joe Harris
  • James Wiseman
  • Alec Burks
  • Monte Morris
  • Killian Hayes
  • Isaiah Livers

Joe Harris is on his last leg, so it’s hard to see him returning on anything but a minimum deal after earning nearly $20 million this season.

Wiseman is a crap shoot, as Weaver is high on him and will give him every opportunity to reach his potential, so this one is in pending mode.

I could see the Pistons bringing back Burks even though he’s 32-years-old, as he still provides valuable shooting off the bench. The question is how valuable and how many other teams will be bidding for his services.

Of all these guys, I would bet on Monte Morris returning to the Detroit Pistons. He’s from Flint, wants to play in Detroit and will be a valuable backup point guard.

Killian Hayes will have to compete to even be in the rotation and the Pistons have reportedly shopped him already, so unless he has a breakout season, it will be his last in Detroit.

Isaiah Livers could end up being a key part of this rotation if he can stay healthy, but that’s a big if. IF Livers can stay on the court, I think he’ll be back on a similar deal, as you need low-cost guys who can make an impact on the bench, we just have to wait and see if he’s one of them.

There is also a good possibility that Bojan Bogdanovic will be traded, and since his deal past this season is only partially guaranteed, you can probably add him to this list as well.

Even though Detroit finally has a solid foundation in place, we could see a drastically different team by this time next year.

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