Update: Since the writing of this article, the Pistons have traded both Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks, taking back a slew of players. Depth chart will be updated when the dust settles.
It appears as though Troy Weaver finally had a good night for the Detroit Pistons.
No, he didn't make the blockbuster move some fans wanted (there could be more to come), but he did add a solid player in Simone Fontecchio, who addresses a need and wasn't costly.
The Pistons will have the right to match any deal in his restricted free agency, so consider this a move to make signing him a little easier. It did cost the Pistons a second-round pick that will be a good one, but those picks are easy enough to come by and this is an underwhelming draft anyway.
After adding Mike Muscala and Danilo Gallinari (though one or both could be traded by the end of today), the Pistons' bench has been on fire and the spacing overall has been much better.
With these trades, the Pistons are now loaded with floor spreaders (for now) and can trot out a depth chart that should be able to score a lot of points, even if stops will still be hard to come by.
Detroit Pistons' updated depth chart
The Pistons are now much better equipped to surround their young core with shooting and Monty Williams will have plenty of options. There are certainly arguments to be hard here, but this could be their updated depth chart when everyone is healthy:
-Cade Cunningham/Killian Hayes/Shake Milton
-Jaden Ivey/Alec Burks/Marcus Sassser
-Simone Fontecchio/Ausar Thompson/Troy Brown Jr.
-Bojan Bogdanovic/Isaiah Stewart/Danilo Gallinari
-Jalen Duren/Mike Muscala
You can argue about Killian and Shake, or whether Fontecchio and Bogdanovic should play together (if Bogey isn't traded) and whether Muscala and Stewart should be flip-flopped, but this is at least the scaffolding of the new-look Pistons.
I love the shooting and size around Cade and Ivey in the first unit and the Pistons can bring some serious scoring punch off the bench with Sasser and Burks, with Ausar and Beef Stew holding down the D with Muscala spreading the floor.
Williams has a ton of options to mix and match shooters with defenders and to maximize the various talents of his young guards.
We could see further moves today that would change this up, but the Detroit Pistons are in a much better position to compete than they were a few weeks ago just by adding some competent NBA rotation players, something they should have done last offseason.
I'm happy it has finally happened, but you have to wonder what this team's record might look like had they used their cap space on moves like this instead of the disastrous Joe Harris trade.