November 8, 2020, 6:18 pm
Kira Lewis conducts in-person workout for Pistons — Keith Langlois, November 13
Killian Hayes has worked out for Pistons — Rod Beard, November 12
Pistons among the teams eyeing trade-up for No. 2 — ESPN, November 11
Aaron Nesmith conducts workout for Pistons — James Ham, November 11
Pistons among teams to have held RJ Hampton workout — Keith Smith, November 11
Tyrese Haliburton works out for four teams, including the Pistons — NBC Sports, November 11
Pistons interested in acquiring second-round picks — Omari Sankofa, November 5
Patrick Williams becoming ‘coveted’ target at pick No. 7 for Detroit — Bleacher Report, November 4
Pistons among teams who have met with Deni Avdija — The Athletic, November 4
Free Agency Rumors
Pistons let Jordan Bone go UFA — James Edwards, November 16
Jahlil Okafor could be a low-cost option for the Pistons — James Edwards, November 12
Pistons, Bulls among suitors for Derrick Jones Jr. — Miami Herald, October 20
Pistons ready to pursue Jerami Grant in free agency — Denver Post, October 1
How’d We Get Here?
The Pistons were hoping to make some more noise after squeaking into the playoffs in 2018-19 but everything fell apart quickly. Blake Griffin was unable to recover from last summer’s knee surgery, was extremely limited (and ineffective) in his 18 games and had to go under the knife again in January. Reggie Jackson was hurt, then got bought out. Luke Kennard impressed and then missed over 30 games with knee soreness. The Pistons were going nowhere fast and decided to dump excess cap cargo, trading Andre Drummond and his $28.5 million player option to Cleveland for nothing of consequence. Detroit’s looking to find building blocks for the future after ditching its previous core, and the road looks long and painful. At least they’ve committed to a direction.
That direction didn’t prevent them from being active in free agency. The Pistons spent up to lure Jerami Grant from the Nuggets and plucked Delon Wright away from Dallas for very little, but most of their efforts were spent on restocking the frontcourt after deciding to let Christian Wood walk. While they brought in Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor, they also lost Kennard and Bruce Brown, leaving a very unsettled roster with only a few players looking like long-term answers. The draft haul was solid with Killian Hayes and Saddiq Bey coming in at good value, though Isaiah Stewart and Saben Lee were considered reaches. Troy Weaver has definitely set sail on the rebuild.
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