Detroit Pistons make flurry of moves but were they the right ones?

Oct 4, 2022; New York, New York, USA;  Detroit Pistons guard Buddy Boeheim (27)
Oct 4, 2022; New York, New York, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Buddy Boeheim (27) / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons were busy before the trade deadline, trading out half of their roster, but it hasn't stopped there.

They recently made a flurry of moves around their G-League affiliate, starting with cutting Malcolm Cazalon.

The Pistons have gotten nothing from their G-League affiliate the Motor City Cruise, or their two-way contracts in four seasons, which is unacceptable considering they were one of the youngest and worst teams in the NBA in that time and had a ton of developmental minutes available to try guys out.

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They are trying to make up for lost time by inking three players to extended deals, some of which make sense and some that don't.

Pistons sign Tosan Evbuomwan to a two-way deal

The Pistons had recently signed forward Tosan Evbuomwan to a 10-day contract which they converted to a two-way deal according to reports.

The 6-foot-7 forward out of Princeton is averaging 15.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in the G-League this season while shooting just under 40 percent from long range.

The Pistons desperately need two-way wings and Evbuomwan has impressed his coaches this season with his ability to affect games in several ways.

He's only played eight minutes for Detroit this season, but did get run in four games for Memphis, whose interest might have prompted the Pistons to sign Evbuomwan for next season.

Buddy Boeheim

The Pistons also signed nepo-baby Buddy Boeheim to a TWO YEAR, two-way deal for some reason. Boeheim has shot the lights out on high volume from long range in the G-League this season (43 percent on 7.8 attempts per game) and has reportedly slimmed down and is playing better defense.

I'll believe that when I see it.

Even if you believed his shooting could translate to the NBA (it hasn't so far), why give him a two-year deal? Were there really that many teams out there ready to steal Boeheim away from Detroit?

It's not Buddy's fault that his dad is a famous coach who happens to be friends with the Pistons' GM, but until he shows something at the NBA level, fans are going to wonder if he has a job because of that relationship and not his skills on the court.

I hope he proves us wrong and becomes the Pistons' Duncan Robinson, as all of the same things were said about his game before he became a quality player for the Heat.

Stanley Umude gets a shot with the big team

Perhaps the most surprising news was that wing Stanley Umude reportedly got a two-year deal with the Detroit Pistons to be a part of their full-time roster.

I like this move, as Umude has been okay for the Pistons this year, and probably should have been getting the minutes that were going to Isaiah Livers.

He's launched a ton of 3-pointers in the G-League (8.6 per game) and is hitting them at a 37 percent clip. He competes on defense and will be on a minimum deal, so this is a back-of-the-bench move.

The Pistons only have seven players under contract for next season (now eight), so they were going to need some cheap bench guys anyway and they are familiar with Umude.

We'll see if any of this amounts to anything, but it's nice that the Pistons are finally trying to develop some players from the Motor City Cruise.