The Detroit Pistons are starting to amass some young talent, but the work on the roster is far from complete.
Detroit may have their core in place, but the players around them are still in question, as they have six players entering the season on expiring deals and not all of them are going to be back.
That’s not to mention Bojan Bogdanovic, who is on a semi-expiring contract since the final year of his is only partially guaranteed.
Detroit certainly doesn’t want to have a team comprised entirely of players 23 and under, so one of Troy Weaver’s main tasks this season is figuring out who best fits with the core and who should be traded.
The Detroit Pistons should re-sign Monte Morris and Alec Burks
The big trade target on the Pistons this season will be Bojan Bogdanovic, as he could help a lot of contenders, is on a reasonable deal and doesn’t come with any long-term attachments.
It’s hard to imagine Detroit keeping him past this trade deadline, though Weaver has balked at moving him so far, probably in the hopes that he can help this team turn a corner or that his value may go up, which is a risky proposition.
Less risky are the futures of Alec Burks and Monte Morris, who are the type of veterans Detroit needs to keep around.
Monte Morris actually wants to play in Detroit and is only 28 years old. He’s a solid backup who can fit in that role on just about any roster, as he can shoot the 3-ball and defend the position. Detroit should lock him up on a deal similar to the one he is on now, as he is a proven commodity who brings a known skill set as well as leadership intangibles.
I’d look for a shorter-team deal for 32-year-old Alec Burks, who like Morris, is a known commodity who has embraced his role as a scorer off the bench. He can shoot the 3-pointer, get his own buckets at times and isn’t a slouch on defense, where he can be inserted into a couple of spots.
Detroit has to keep some of these veterans around past this season if they want to continue to build continuity and chemistry and Morris and Burks seem like the best candidates given their age, skill and contracts.