Detroit Pistons Free Agency Wrap-Up
NBA Free Agency kicked off on Friday at midnight and deals were getting done. Many stars were looking for new homes and some people were looking to stay on the same team. The biggest prize in free agency this year was Kevin Durant, and Detroit never had a chance to get him or any want of him. Their big goal was to bring back Andre Drummond and they achieved that goal. Detroit made some other signings with Drummond to help bring depth to the team and possibly make it back to the playoffs again in 2016-2017. Check them out below.
Andre Drummond – C
The biggest prize in the free agency market for Detroit is coming back home. Andre Drummond signed a five-year deal worth up to $130 million with an option to opt out after the fourth year. Detroit figured since Drummond was willing to wait to sign an extension so they could get more cap space, they were willing to give him an option to opt out that fifth year. Andre is possibly the best center in the NBA, averaging 16 points, one block, one steal and 15 rebounds a game. Drummond became the highest paid Piston ever and he deserves the contract. Drummond has been a solid player for the team ever since he joined and he sees that they have potential to win it all. With Drummond coming back, Detroit’s chances of going back to the playoffs increase dramatically.
Ish Smith – PG
Detroit’s first free agency signing was point guard Ish Smith who signed a three-year deal for $18 million. Smith was a guard for the 76ers last year but now has a new home as the backup behind Reggie Jackson. Detroit needed a backup guard and they found a good one for cheap. Smith has bounced around the NBA, playing for eight different teams as Detroit will be his ninth and hopefully his last. Smith averaged 13 points, one steal, six assists and four rebounds last year. Detroit let Steve Blake leave after a bad year and trading away Spencer Dinwiddie left a gap behind Jackson. Smith can be a solid backup option for the Pistons and with a good contract like that, Detroit got a steal during the wacky free agency that is going on.
Jon Leuer – PF/C
Another piece in the power forward and center department is Jon Leuer. Detroit has major depth with Tobais Harris, Marcus Morris, Henry Ellenson, Aron Baynes and now Jon Leuer. Detroit signed Leuer to a four-year deal for $41 million and now we have competition in the backup center spot and possibly power forward. With three good players in the power forward spot, the chances of him playing power forward are low, but with Baynes (and Joel Anthony who will easily be cut by the beginning of the season) being the only backup option at center, Leuer could battle him for it and the loser would sit the bench as one of the extra men. Leuer is now on to his fifth team in Detroit and last year he averaged nine points, one assist and six rebounds. With all of these moves, Detroit has a chance to get back into the playoff picture next year and possibly a higher seed, maybe even getting home court advantage.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/detroit-pistons-free-agency-wrap-up/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/usa-today-8515726-0-1.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/usa-today-8515726-0-1.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1BasketballCentral DivisionDetroit PistonsNBARecent PostsAndre Drummond,Detroit Pistons,free agency,ish smith,NBA free agencyNBA Free Agency kicked off on Friday at midnight and deals were getting done. Many stars were looking for new homes and some people were looking to stay on the same team. The biggest prize in free agency this year was Kevin Durant, and Detroit never had a chance to...Brandon KnappBrandon KnappKnappmb@outlook.comEditorBrandon is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. He loves the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons, UFC, WWE and Video Games. Follow him at @BKnappBlogs on Twitter.MyFantasySportsTalk