The Detroit Pistons are in an all-too-familiar position.
Though it is still early, they are at the bottom of the NBA after losing nine in a row. Injuries have kept us from seeing the full product on the court and they will have a ton of cap space at the end of the season.
Luckily, this season there is still plenty of time to turn things around, the Pistons just need to get healthy and see if their veterans can help stabilize what has mostly been a very positive start for their young players.
But there has already been talk of “next offseason” in regards to cap space and fans are already getting themselves excited looking at lists of players the Pistons could potentially sign with all of their cash.
Free agency isn’t likely to save the Detroit Pistons
Just like this past offseason, the Detroit Pistons are likely to have plenty of money to throw around, as they have six players on expiring deals and most of them won’t be back.
But also just like last summer, you shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for the Pistons to sign a star. Troy Weaver punted his cap space into Joe Harris and Monte Morris trades, and though I am glad he didn’t make a long-term commitment to the wrong guy, I’d also argue that he could have done much better than Joe Harris for $20 million.
We are seeing cheaper role players on short-term deals helping teams like the Rockets and Pacers right now, so it’s hard to find a defense for the Harris trade.
Next year’s free agent class is more of the same, as there are some big names the Pistons have little chance to acquire and a few guys who are going to get max deals who aren’t really max players.
Weaver’s best chance to land the star he needs might be via trade, and there is one team in particular to keep an eye on this season.