The Detroit Pistons have plenty of ex-players still bouncing around the league, some who are thriving (I’d love Jerami Grant’s paycheck) and some who are barely clinging to life in the NBA.
Detroit has made a habit of taking flyers on busts under Troy Weaver, a strategy that has not paid dividends so far, as none of them have really worked out and one of them (Marvin Bagley III) even ended up on a multi-year deal that the Pistons would probably like to move.
But even Troy Weaver has limits on the low-risk/high-reward gambles, and luckily learned his lesson, at least on one recent signing.
Ex-Detroit Pistons still clinging to life in the NBA sign new deals
Shams Charania recently reported that Kevin Knox had signed a one year deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, the team he joined after his lackluster time with the Detroit Pistons.
Knox was slightly better for Portland than he was for Detroit, and he’s still only 24 years old, but the Pistons saw more than enough of him last season to know they weren’t interested in a reunion.
Knox couldn’t carve out a role for the worst team in the league, which happened to be thin at his position and riddled with injuries, so this is likely just a bench-filler move for the Trail Blazers.
Another ex-Piston, the beloved Boban Marjanovic also signed a deal to remain in the NBA according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
If we’re being honest, Boban’s time with the Detroit Pistons wasn’t much better than Knox’s but he was a fan favorite because of his colorful personality and the fact that he’s a big, smiling giant that has fans everywhere he goes even though he rarely plays.
So you can cross two more of the remaining NBA free agents off the list, though there was no risk these two were ever going to be on the Detroit Pistons, sorry Boban!