The Detroit Pistons overhauled their roster ahead of the 2024 NBA trade deadline, swapping eight players in a revamp around their young core.
They had to shake up a roster that had already set an NBA record for futility, needed to cash in some assets before they walked for nothing, and had to find a more complementary cast to put around Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Ausar Thompson, Jalen Duren, Marcus Sasser and Isaiah Stewart.
That entire group should benefit from the moves made at the deadline, as they will have larger and more defined roles and players around them that better suit their overall athleticism and team defense.
But the job is certainly not finished.
What will the Detroit Pistons do next?
In addition to adding better defenders in Simone Fontecchio and Quentin Grimes, the Pistons opened up a ton of cap space for the offseason.
We've been down this road before and ended up with Joe Harris, so I'd temper your hope that Detroit will land any of the big-name free agents, as that list is getting small and most of the guys at the top of it will re-sign with their current teams if they haven't already.
The Pistons could use a big chunk of their space on one guy, spread it around to multiple role players or try to swing for the fences on a big trade in which they take back more money than they send out.
One national guru thinks he knows who the Detroit Pistons are going to pursue.