Way too early Pistons starting lineups and rotations with Tobias Harris

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It’s clear that Trajan Langdon went into the offseason with an agenda for the Detroit Pistons and he is checking items off the list. 

He’s going to focus on continued player development while adding players who can help with that but don’t have long-term financial obligations. Acquiring Tim Hardaway Jr. and Tobias Harris is not going to make the Pistons contenders, but they are veterans who complement the young players and are on deals that won’t hurt Detroit in the future. 

With over $26 million in cap space remaining, Langdon has the Pistons well-positioned to take on another contract for assets or to sign another veteran player or two who fit the mold described above in terms of skill and contract. 

This offseason isn’t over yet and it’s likely the Pistons still make at least one more impact addition, whether it impacts the play on the floor or the bottom line. 

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The roster isn’t in its final form, but given what the Pistons have now, here are four different starting lineups and rotations JB Bickerstaff could use next season. This is the bones of a more balanced roster and in this exercise, we are going to assume the Pistons bring back Simone Fontecchio. 

Detroit Pistons starting lineup and rotation #1 

We could definitely see something similar to this on opening night: 

-Cade Cunningham/Marcus Sasser 

-Jaden Ivey/Tim Hardaway Jr. 

-Ausar Thompson/Simone Fontecchio/Ron Holland 

-Tobias Harris 

-Jalen Duren/Isaiah Stewart 

I have to say, this is not my choice. You still have three non-shooters in the lineup with Cade Cunningham and I am much more a fan of bringing Ivey off the bench where he can be more of a primary ball handler and scorer. 

I’d prefer to balance the shooting a bit more, and there are easy ways to do it.