It certainly isn’t a stretch to say the Detroit Pistons are a mess.
In the offseason, they finally had cap room for the first time since the disaster of an offseason that was 2009 when they signed guard Ben Gordon to a five-year, $55 million deal and inked forward Charlie Villanueva to a five-year, $35 million deal.
They used that cap room to sign former Atlanta Hawks’ forward Josh Smith to a four-year, $54 million deal.
Smith is a talented player, but he is wildly inefficient and is best used at power forward, the same spot the Pistons’ best player entering the 2013-14 season, Greg Monroe plays.
They then dealt Brandon Knight to the Milwaukee Bucks after just two season, to acquire Brandon Jennings in a sign-and-trade. Knight has comparable numbers to Jennings, who is two years older than Knight, and wouldn’t have required the three-year, $24 million deal Jennings received for two more seasons.
According to David Mayo of MLive.com, everyone but promising second-year center Andre Drummond could be on the block this summer.
Everyone but Drummond could be on the block this summer. The Pistons need wing shooting. If they trade Jennings, they need a new point guard. A lot of things could happen. It’s impossible to say.
Drummond is averaging 13.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game this season.