5 Initial thoughts on the Detroit Pistons dropping to 5th again

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#4: Does anyone want to pay the #1 pick this year? 

The number one pick in this draft is going to get paid between $10-16 million per season in the first four years of their contract, a ridiculous number when you consider the amount of uncertainty about who it will even be. 

If I were looking at the bright side, I’d say at least the Pistons don’t have to pay the #1 slot and are instead looking at a rookie deal that starts at 6-7 million and ramps up to 10, a much better bargain for a similarly graded talent who will also be in a better financial tier on their second deal. 

The Pistons can still get the player they want at five, and if not, can trade it to other NBA teams who might believe the best player is still on the board and that they can get that player on a lower-scale rookie deal. 

This doesn’t provide much solace but falling to 5th really may not matter in this draft and could actually benefit the Pistons financially.