The Detroit Pistons entered the offseason with plenty of cap space to make a big splash in free agency, but that signing never came.
It doesn’t appear that the Pistons were ever really in the running for free agents like Cam Johnson or Jerami Grant, and instead chose to use their cap space on pragmatic but uninspiring trades for Joe Harris and Monte Morris.
Pistons’ fans should probably get used to this strategy, as Detroit has never really been a free-agent destination and Troy Weaver is trying hard not to attach the team to a contract they will come to regret.
So Detroit is going to build through the draft and lay in the cut waiting for their chance to land a star via trade.
Detroit Pistons: The big trade is coming
Although Harris and Morris (particularly Morris) could be very useful players for the Detroit Pistons, they are hardly the stars fans were hoping for.
But that doesn’t mean the Pistons won’t eventually land one to complement their core, as they have the young players and expiring deals that some teams will covet in a trade. The only thing really holding them back is a lack of future draft assets.
You’d think a team that has been so bad for so long would have a treasure trove of draft picks at their disposal, but that isn’t the case, as the Pistons still owe a first-rounder to the Knicks and are hamstrung in trades until it conveys.
So for them to land a star, they’ll need to find a team that needs veteran depth and is looking to get off a big contract. Enter the Denver Nuggets.