The Detroit Pistons are just over a month away from tipping off the 2023-24 regular season and it can’t get here fast enough.
There is some amount of excitement around the Pistons with Cade Cunningham coming back, but there is also a sense that this roster is not the one we are going to see by the end of next season.
Detroit has six players on expiring deals and a seventh in Bojan Bogdanovic whose deal is only partially guaranteed after next season, so even though the Pistons are focused on the present, they have to keep one eye on the future.
That includes whether to offer rookie extensions to Killian Hayes and James Wiseman and when/if to offer veteran extensions to Joe Harris, Alec Burks and Monte Morris.
Detroit Pistons: When is the deadline for NBA rookie extensions?
The Detroit Pistons have until the day before the regular season (October 24th) to sign rookie extensions with Hayes and Wiseman.
Given that they already took care of Isaiah Stewart from the 2020 NBA Draft class, it doesn’t seem likely that extensions are coming for either Hayes nor Wiseman, who both have to prove they can impact winning.
The Pistons aren’t taking a big risk here, as both players will still only be restricted free agents after next season, so if one or both of them has a breakout year, they will still have every chance to retain them.
Both players are going to have to fight to even make the rotation, but should get an opportunity to show how they can contribute in the future.
When is the deadline for NBA veteran extensions?
The Pistons also have several veterans in Alec Burks, Joe Harris and Monte Morris who are on expiring contracts heading into next season.
These are less of a problem, as teams have until June 30th of next year to extend veterans who are on expiring deals.
Of the three, Burks and Morris are the most likely to return, as the Pistons will need shooting and Morris has indicated that he wants to be in Detroit long term, so hopefully the team can work something out during the season.