Ranking 10 Detroit Pistons contracts from bargain to nightmare

Dec 23, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton (33) hangs on the rim
Dec 23, 2023; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets center Nic Claxton (33) hangs on the rim / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Not a bad contract but could be problematic for the Detroit Pistons

Simone Fontecchio

Fontecchio will be a restricted free agent this summer and the Detroit Pistons have given every indication that they hope to retain him. He's been a solid 3-and-D wing since joining the team and fits well with the core.

But he'll also be 29 years old next season, so the Pistons are not paying for potential, they're paying for what he is right now, which is a role player. He'd be an ideal 6th or 7th man on a good team, so the Pistons can't pay him like a starter.

If they can keep his yearly salary near where it is now, he'll be a huge bargain, as he's only making just over $3 million a year. If they bump him up past $10 million, it still might not be a bad deal, but could become problematic when guys like Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren start looking for their raises.

Quentin Grimes

Grimes is eligible for an extension this summer but has yet to play much for the Pistons, which is unfortunate.

On paper, they need players like him, but like Fontecchio, they can't go crazy and give him a deal that is not in line with his role and production.

Isaiah Stewart

Stewart's new contract that will pay him $15 million a year starts next season. I thought this was a slight overpay at the time, especially considering the Pistons were under no pressure to extend him at all.

In a vacuum, this isn't a nightmare contract, but it could hinder the Pistons in the future. Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren will both be extension-eligible next offseason and if they progress, will be looking for max or near max deals of their own.

That would mean the Pistons have three players making big bucks who haven't yet achieved much, with the potential addition of a big contract this summer, which is going to make it difficult to fill out the rest of their roster depending on the combined salary of the three players above.

If the Pistons get carried away with Fontecchio and Grimes, they could have upwards of $35 million wrapped up in three role players. Again, this could end up being a bargain, especially if they can keep those extensions for Ivey and Duren away from the max.

But the Pistons need to tread lightly, as overpaying role players is how you quickly go from a clean cap sheet to one littered with problems.