Detroit Pistons: The true cost of Troy Weaver's horrible asset management

Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Troy Weaver general manager of the Detroit Pistons
Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Troy Weaver general manager of the Detroit Pistons / Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports
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Troy Weaver's asset management and the Detroit Pistons

Both players have now been bought out or waived, with the Pistons paying them to play elsewhere. Both players are good enough to help playoff teams, but not good enough for the Pistons for some reason. 

It’s not like Muscala is great, but he can set real screens, spread the floor and knows where to stand on defense and how to play it without fouling egregiously, things you can’t say about James Wiseman. 

Wiseman is now playing consistent rotation minutes and presumably will for the rest of the season, with Detroit now lacking the veteran center they’ve needed for two straight years. 

Muscala isn’t the difference between the Pistons being good or bad, but he was good for the development of their young players, as he is a better fit than Wiseman and can be a positive mentor for their other young bigs. 

The Pistons already gave up Saddiq Bey (or five second-round picks, however you want to look at it) to appease Weaver’s strange infatuation with Wiseman, who is a –13 this season even though he hasn’t played big minutes. 

So if you are keeping track, Troy Weaver gave up four second-round picks and three serviceable big men who were fits in Lyles, Muscala and Gallinari to attain Marvin Bagley III and then give him away, that’s not to mention Saddiq Bey, who Weaver gave up for Wiseman in part because MBIII wasn’t working. 

This is a crime of asset management, especially for a team that needs veterans and should be collecting picks, not sending them out. 

Troy Weaver has made some good draft picks and occasionally made good pickups on a trade or in free agency, but he has lost nearly every move around the fringes, which is how the worst team in the NBA actually owes picks and hasn’t stockpiled any as the other rebuilding teams have.