The Detroit Pistons’ 2019-20 season tipped off a 12 months in the past this week. On Oct. 23, 2019, the Pistons traveled to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and introduced dwelling a 119-110 victory.
It might really feel like a lifetime in the past.
A 12 months later, we’re nonetheless a number of months away from 2021 tipoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has been eight months for the reason that season ended March 11 for the Pistons, and eventually the tip of the offseason is close to. The draft is lower than a month away, and free company will comply with quickly after.
Right here’s all the things you should know in regards to the Pistons as they put together for the draft, free company, and the eventual begin of subsequent season.
When is the 2020 NBA draft? What ought to we anticipate from Pistons?
The draft is scheduled for Nov. 18(ESPN). The NBA finalized the date in September, following a number of months of planning. Whereas the league has left itself some flexibility of the date probably being moved once more, it seems unlikely to alter.
The Pistons have the seventh total decide within the draft. Workforce officers have made it clear they intend to pick the very best participant within the draft, no matter place. There are a number of gamers the Pistons may goal with the decide, together with a trio of level guards in Tyrese Haliburton, Killian Hayes and RJ Hampton.
When is free company?
It’s nonetheless unknown. The NBA has a number of duties to perform earlier than it may possibly enable groups to signal gamers. The suspension of the 2019-20 season in March, together with resuming the season in a bubble with out followers, has taken a toll on the league’s funds. The NBA and Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation are working to change the present collective bargaining settlement for subsequent season, accounting for a brand new wage cap and luxurious tax numbers primarily based on up to date monetary projections.
Commissioner Adam Silver informed reporters in September a January begin for the 2021 season seems possible. That may peg free company for late November or early December, giving groups an enough window to assemble their rosters.
How a lot cap house do Pistons have?
The Pistons are projected to have round $30 million in cap house, relying on the brand new wage cap. They’re amongst six groups within the league that can have cap house, positioning them to be a serious participant within the free company and commerce market.
What are Pistons prioritizing in free company?
Since basic supervisor Troy Weaver took over in June, the group has prevented utilizing the time period “rebuild.” Regardless of ending 20-46 and transferring on from Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, the franchise is eyeing a return to playoff relevancy.
It’s robust to undertaking precisely what the Pistons will prioritize. However there are two apparent positional wants on the roster — level guard, and middle. Pistons coach Dwane Casey informed reporters in June that for the roster to proceed to develop, the crew wants a place to begin guard. Derrick Rose is the one pure level guard on the roster with expertise. Contemplating he has a 12 months left on his deal, it appears possible the Pistons will look to accumulate a degree guard both by way of the draft or free company.
The roster additionally solely has one true middle underneath contract subsequent season in lately signed Justin Patton. There are different gamers on the roster able to enjoying the place, however the Pistons lack depth there. Casey experimented with enjoying Sekou Doumbouya as a small middle throughout group exercises in September, however mentioned having a standard middle is a necessity.
“I feel so long as the basket is 10 foot, you’re nonetheless going to wish an enormous man, you’re nonetheless going to wish that dimension within the center,” he mentioned.
Who’re some gamers the Pistons may goal in free company?
The 2 finest non-Anthony Davis unrestricted free brokers in the marketplace, Fred VanVleet and Montrezl Harrell, play positions of want for the Pistons. VanVleet, the Toronto Raptors’ start line guard final season, averaged 17.6 factors and 6.6 help per recreation. Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Yr for the L.A. Clippers, averaged 18.6 factors and seven.1 rebounds final season as an influence ahead and small-ball middle.
One in every of Detroit’s greatest free company signings could possibly be of considered one of their very own gamers — Christian Wooden. He’s coming off of a breakout season that noticed him common 21.6 factors, 9.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, a steal and almost a block in the ultimate 16 video games earlier than the season’s suspension. He’s an unrestricted free agent, however the Pistons ought to have the cap house to outbid any outdoors supply.
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