By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on March 27, 2014
After failing to meet the high expectations the Detroit Pistons held coming into the season, the team will have tons of work to do this offseason. Luckily, two of Detroit's highest paid players in Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva are coming off the books, opening up sufficient cap space to sign a marquee free agent. The Pistons will also hold a top 10 draft pick, allowing Detroit to further strengthen the team.
Despite being vastly overpaid this season, the Pistons must make an effort to bring back Rodney Stuckey over the offseason. He has been perhaps the most consistent scorer on the team. Therefore, Detroit would be foolish to allow Stuckey to walk this summer.
Signing Luol Deng would of course require either a trade of Josh Smith or release of Greg Monroe. As each of those options are plausible at this point, pursuing Deng may be a smart move. He brings much needed outside shooting, as well as stellar defense, which can create a very dangerous front court in Detroit.
When the Utah Jazz elected not to extend Gordon Hayward's contract, it became a real possibility that he will be on his way out this summer. Hayward is an excellent outside shooter who can create his own shot. With Detroit struggling to produce on the offensive end, adding Hayward would be ideal.
Depending on Evan Turner's contract demands, the Indiana Pacers may or may not elect to re-sign the swingman. Turner is a restricted free agent though, meaning Indiana has the ability to match any offer he is presented with. However, if Detroit is willing to pay him, it may be enough to pry him away.
Many rumors have been surrounding Greg Monroe, as his rookie contract is set to expire this summer. At this point, Detroit must decide whether Monroe or Josh Smith is the power forward moving ahead, since the current core does not collectively fit. Monroe is the better choice, as he is much younger, cheaper and still has tremendous potential.
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