The Detroit Pistons start training camp today, which means they are getting close to some important deadlines.
The deadline for rookie extensions is less than a month away and the Pistons have two players in Killian Hayes and James Wiseman who still haven’t signed one. It’s probably not going to happen, as neither guy has yet proven himself, so Detroit will likely let them enter the season on expiring deals and eventually become restricted free agents.
Surprisingly few players from the 2020 NBA Draft class have signed rookie extensions, as there are still 20 guys from the first round alone who will enter next season on expiring deals unless they can reach an extension before the 2023-24 season begins.
Another player was signed to a big deal yesterday, so who is up next?
Who’s up next? 2 extensions Pistons fans should hope aren’t signed
Yesterday it was announced that Devin Vassell of the San Antonio Spurs had signed a rookie extension that turned some heads:
I have to say, the numbers here are surprising, as Vassell is a nice player, but damn. That really makes the Isaiah Stewart extension look good, as it is less than half of that in total dollars.
Vassell is a nice player, but I wasn’t expecting a near-max deal for him. It makes you wonder if Saddiq Bey (who has very similar stats) asked for a similar deal before the Pistons sent him packing. Vassell is a better defender for sure, but the 3-point shooting has been similar and it’s hard to imagine Bey getting anywhere near that, so you have to wonder what the Spurs are up to here.
There are still plenty of players from that 2020 class who haven’t signed extensions, and there are two in particular who might interest the Pistons if they end up in restricted free agency.
Detroit will have more cap space than either of these teams and could potentially steal them away, so for the sake of more options, fans should hope they don’t sign extensions this month.