2021 NBA Offseason In Assessment: Detroit Pistons

Hoop’s rumors break open the 2021 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, and look back at free agent signings, trades, draft picks, exits and more this summer. We’ll be evaluating each team move in the off-season, looking at what remains to be done before the opening night, and taking a look at the 2021/22 season for all 30 franchises. Today we focus on that Detroit flask.

Free agent signatures:

Note: The offers for Annexes 9 and 10 are not included here.

  • Kelly Olynyk: Three years, $ 37.2 million. Third year partially guaranteed. Signed with cap space.
  • Hamidou Diallo: Two years, $ 10.4 million. Second year team option. Re-signed as a restricted free agent with bird rights.
  • Cory Joseph: Two years, $ 10.07 million. Second year player option. Re-signed with a space exception.
  • Frank Jackson: Two years, $ 6.15 million. Second year team option. Re-signed with Cap Room.
  • Trey Lyles: Two years, $ 5.13 million. Second year team option. Signed with cap space.
  • Know Lee: Three years, minimum wage. Third year team option. Re-signed with Cap Room.
  • Rodney McGruder: One year, minimum wage. Newly signed with the exception of the minimum salary.
  • Chris Smith: Two-year contract in both directions.
  • Jamorko Pickett: Two-way contract. Converted from attachment 10.


  • Acquired design rights to Balsa Koprivica (No. 57 Pick) from the Hornets in exchange for Mason Plumlee and the design rights JT Thor (No. 37 selection).
  • Acquired DeAndre Jordan, the second round pick of the Nets 2022, either the second round pick of the Wizards or Grizzlies 2024 (whichever is cheaper), either the second round pick of the Warriors or Wizards 2025 (whichever is cheaper), the Nets’ second round pick 2027 and cash ($ 5.785 million) from the networks in exchange for Jahlil Okafor and Save Doumbouya.
    • Note: Jordan has since been abandoned.

Draft picks:

  • 1-1: Cade Cunningham
    • Signed for a rookie scale contract (four years, $ 45,599,089).
  • 2-42: Isaiah livers
    • Signed for a three-year contract for $ 4.46 million. Third year team option. Signed with cap space.
  • 2-52: Luka Garza
    • Signed a two-year minimum wage contract. Second year team option. Signed with the exception of the minimum wage. Converted from two-way deal.
  • 2-57: Balsa Koprivica

Contract extensions:

Eliminating players:

More news from the off-season:

  • Rented Ben Wallace as a basketball operations and team engagement consultant.
  • Rented Rex Kalamian, Jerome Allen, Jim Moran and Bill Bayno as assistant coach; lost assistants Sidney Lowe, Micha Nori, and Sean Sweeney.
  • Rented John Beilein as senior advisor / player development.
  • Rented George David as deputy managing director; Assistant GM lost David Mincberg.
  • Introduction of a new G League partner, the Motor City Cruise; DJ Bakker becomes head coach of the team.

Situation of the upper salary limit:

  • Got under the cap, used her cap room, then used the room exception.
  • Wear about $ 125.2 million in salary.

Persistent preseason problems:

Low season of pistons:

A franchise hungry for star power finally took a break when it held the winning draft-lottery combo. The Pistons hadn’t drafted # 1 overall in more than half a century, and it took an unusually long time to settle on the consensus top pick. Cade Cunningham.

Cunningham’s combination of playmaking, gunsmithing, length, versatility, poise and leadership was just too much to be missed. The number 1 pick sustained a slight ankle sprain during training camp, but he’ll jump straight into the starting XI, though maybe not where he was forecasting. He will share the back room with another young point guard, Killian Hayes, a 2020 lottery selection that emerged from an injury-ridden rookie campaign.

GM Troy Weber also added three second-round picks, including a draft-and-stash prospectus. Luka Garza and Isaiah livers spend most of their rookie seasons on Motor City Cruise, the team’s new G-League franchise.

The most significant addition outside of Cunningham was Kelly Olynykspanning a much-needed floor great. Mason Plumlee played well enough in his only season with Detroit after signing a three-year free agent deal last summer, but his lack of a 3-point shot created distance problems. Plumlee was sold to Charlotte on a paycheck.

Olynyk, a 36.7% 3-point career shooter who had an offensive frenzy in 27 games with the fueling Rockets last season, will share the focus with year two Isaiah Stewart.

Hamidou Diallo received no offer sheet in restricted freedom of movement, much to the relief of the piston. They have re-signed it with a team-friendly contract. Frank Jackson, who was surprisingly effective as a spot-up shooter and offensive spark plug last season, also decided to stay in Detroit. Diallo and Jackson will compete Josh Jackson for backup minutes for Shooting Guard and Small Forward.

The front office waived Cory Joseph and his $ 12.6 million contract, which included a $ 2.4 million partial warranty, put the veteran point guard down on a lower number. Joseph made himself popular not only with his production but also with his willingness to mentor his younger teammates after being taken over by the Kings last season. He will be the floor leader of the second unit.

Trey Lyles fell out of favor with the Spurs last season but he’ll get a chance to earn rotation minutes as a backup power forward. It essentially replaces Save Doumbouya, a first-round bust 2019.

The upcoming season of the pistons:

After more than a decade of insignificance, the Pistons are in a positive mood. Cunningham puts them back on the national map, and the list has been built around the lunch bucket, tenacious motif that served the franchise so well in its glory years.

Jerami Grant flourished as the # 1 offensive option last season and he could be more efficient with young playmakers giving him the ball and Olynyk holding the defensive.

Make no mistake – this is another season of building up for the franchise and the playoff competition will be at least one more season away. The Pistons are expected to win the second fewest games in the Eastern Conference, ahead of Orlando. Detroit could have the league’s youngest line-up and it remains to be seen how the Cunningham-Hayes duo will mesh.

However, the Pistons have enough depth and tenacity to provide plenty of tough, down-to-earth fights for more seasoned opponents. Your cap situation beyond this season is favorable and gives you the opportunity to attract another Impact player. Add another lottery tip in next year’s draft and the pistons could become popular again in the not too distant future.

Salary information from Basketball Insiders and Spotrac was used in creating this post. Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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