Third and final tier free-agent options for the Detroit Pistons

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We’ve now gone through the superstars that the Detroit Pistons could target this upcoming offseason thanks to the money they’ve cleared up.

The front office has said repeatedly that this is what the next step would include. We also went over the second tier group of guys who might not be franchise changing, but would still be a step in the right direction. That may be the most likely scenario for this front office, but if they fall short of even that, we’ve put together the bottom, tier three group of guys who Detroit could target.

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If the DetroitPistons were expected to be big spenders, either via trade or free agency signing, and they ended up with guys off this list, fans will likely not be happy. Rightfully so, these players leave a lot to be desired for the likely worst team in franchise history, but that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. 

Tier three group of guys the Detroit Pistons could target this offseason

Isaiah Hartenstein, 7’0 PF/C, 25

Detroit just had to battle against Isaiah Hartenstein last week when they played the Knicks. Against the Pistons, Hartenstein finished with just six points, eight rebounds and four assists but had a +/- of five during the Knicks’ win.

This season, Isaiah is averaging seven points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, and is an efficient 66 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep. His offensive and defensive stat ratings this season are better than both league averages at 134.5 and 109, respectively Those stat ratings alone would help the Pistons, but it’s his ability to connect from three point range that should make him appealing to Detroit’s front office.

Similar to another guy on this list, 33 percent is not going to be a game changer, but at the very least, it spaces the floor and forces the defense to respect you from that distance. His rebounding shouldn’t be overlooked either. Currently, he is third in the NBA with an average of 3.4 offensive rebounds per game. 

This upcoming offseason, Hartenstein is coming off a two year deal that was signed in 2022 and will be an unrestricted free agent. New York will also be getting back Mitchell Robinson next season, so will Hartenstein become available for the right price?