2014 NBA Free Agency: Breaking Down The Detroit Pistons’ Offseason
There may not have been a team in the NBA that put together a more questionable offseason than the Detroit Pistons. With Stan Van Gundy now set to run things in the Motor City, some people expected big changes with the team this offseason. Perhaps the most perplexing thing involving the Pistons this offseason is that big changes haven’t really happened just yet.
Things this offseason didn’t go the Pistons’ way right from the start. At the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, the Pistons simply needed their pick to fall in the top-eight to hang onto it. Given where they finished last season and the odds they were given in the lottery, that seemed like the most likely outcome. Instead, their pick ended up being the ninth-overall and getting traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
After losing the lottery pick, Detroit’s outlook for the draft obviously became substantially bleaker with the Pistons owning only a second-round pick. The organization then seemingly took a flyer with that pick by selecting Spencer Dinwiddie, a highly talented player who happens to be coming off of an ACL injury and who most scouts wish would have taken another year in college.
What makes the Pistons’ offseason even more curious, though, is what they did in free agency. Detroit loaded up their backcourt with the signings of D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks, seemingly replacements for the fleeing Rodney Stuckey and Peyton Siva. Detroit also beefed up their wing rotation with the additions of Caron Butler and Cartier Martin. In terms of their frontcourt, the Pistons re-signed Jonas Jerebko and signed the hulking Aaron Gray.
It’s Detroit’s frontcourt, though, that still holds the biggest question mark. Restricted free agent Greg Monroe is still unsigned by the Pistons or anyone else. There are reports circulating about a possible offer to Monroe from the Pistons, but what’s for sure is that Monroe has yet to agree to any kind of deal and still remains a free agent.
What happens with Monroe really determines how you look at the Pistons’ offseason and judge it, as well as determining the Pistons’ plan going forward to a certain degree. If a deal is reached, than it’s likely that Van Gundy will try to make the three-headed frontcourt monster work (unlike what happened last season). If the Pistons were to keep him on the qualifying offer, though, it’d be likely that Detroit would trade Monroe during the season to get something in return before he enters unrestricted free agency next summer. Until we know the conclusion, though, we’re basically left twiddling our thumbs.
Final Grade: In Progress