5 Moves the Detroit Pistons Could Make During Free Agency
Moves the Detroit Pistons Could Make During Free Agency
The Detroit Pistons have a bunch of cap room to play with heading into the 2013-14 season. They have a solid young core in Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler, but they have a few needs that must be filled if they hope to contend with the league’s best.
Priority 1-A for the Pistons will be to cut Corey Maggette. The Pistons paid him nearly $11 million only to see him riding the pine by the end of the season. The 33-year-old should be charged for theft for what he did to the Pistons. He averaged career lows in almost every statistical category and was a waste of energy.
The Pistons combo of Monroe and Drummond aren’t going anywhere. The dynamic duo showed flashes of brilliance and are sure to improve heading into next season.
Whether or not they are able to resign Jose Calderon, will determine which direction they will head in the offseason. Calderon is a court general and a solid leader. If they are able to keep him around, they will need to seek out a pure shooter to compliment his ball-handling ability.
There is also a lot of talk around the Pistons’ camp about drafting Trey Burke out of the University of Michigan. However, should they keep Calderon, Burke and he wouldn’t mix well. They would be better off drafting C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh University who can still get to the rim, but is more comfortable knocking down outside shots.
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Sign O.J. Mayo
The Pistons need to land someone who can knock down the outside shot as well as get into the paint. O.J. Mayo has proven ability to put points on the board and would mix well with the Pistons' current lineup.
Sign Andre Igoudala
Andre Igoudala would be an interesting fit for the Pistons. They could use a perimeter player like him who isn't afraid to get into the paint and draw contact. His ability to finish at the rim makes him a possible choice for the Pistons.
Draft C.J. McCollum over Trey Burke
Pistons' fans are clamoring for them to draft Trey Burke, but the Pistons would be better off with C.J. McCollum in their system. Burke's game is predicated on holding the ball for the majority of the shot clock and finding a late option. The Pistons have plenty of solid scoring options and would be better off with a guard who is more comfortable knocking down shots than driving to the basket.
Sign Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin would be a good option for the Pistons, but only if he comes at the right price. The Pistons could certainly use his scoring off the bench.
Resign Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon came to the Pistons in a mid-season trade, and he is just the type of veteran leader they need to be successful. Calderon can be a good mentor for the youth in the Pistons' organization. If he decides not to return, they will have to look for someone to fill that role immediately.