The Detroit Pistons were relatively quiet this past offseason, choosing to trade for expiring contracts rather than use their cap space on a free agent.
It hasn’t paid off much so far, as Monte Morris has yet to play and Joe Harris has not been very good in limited minutes. It’s still early, and I expect Morris to make a big impact, so we can’t judge Troy Weaver’s offseason just yet.
The NBA as a whole had a slow offseason, as teams waited around for the inevitable Damian Lillard trade and finally the James Harden trade, which happened after the season had already started.
It will be weeks or even months before we know how this trade turns out, but it could open up some future possibilities for the Detroit Pistons.
The James Harden trade shakes up the NBA
Most pundits saw this trade as a win for Philly, as they weren’t going anywhere with Harden anyway, and they were able to pick up some nice assets in exchange for their disgruntled star even though they had little leverage in the deal.
The 76ers walked away with two firsts, two seconds and a swap to go along with four expiring contracts, giving them the chance to open up a ton of cap space at the end of the season to sign or trade for another max player (Zach LaVine anyone?).
But Robert Covington, Nic Batum, Marcus Morris and Kenyon Martin Jr. aren’t going to help them much now, and with some extra picks to throw around, Philly might be interested in making an upgrade at the trade deadline.