The Detroit Pistons have plenty of cap space but won’t aren’t expected to be all that active in free agency.
According to Vincent Ellis of The Detroit Free Press, the Pistons will not be pursuing top tier free agents and will be looking to spend their cap space on lesser players to fill needs.
When looking at the list of players available through free agency or trades when NBA free agency begins Tuesday, Detroit Pistons fans should start looking a little down the list — not near the top.
Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy pretty much said that last week when addressing the upcoming free agency.
“Guys that aren’t going to be the big names, but we think have a chance to make a big contribution, those are guys that will be our main focus,” Van Gundy said…
…“We have too many needs — even at $13.5 million (cap space) — with what’s on the list, we think spending that kind of money on one guy and leaving all the other things for minimum guys based on who’s on the list, we think that would be a mistake,” Van Gundy said.
“The better approach for us is take three or four spots we want to fill, trying to spread the money around, certainly more money in certain areas, but trying to spread the money around and see if we can improve three or four areas a little bit, rather than improving one area a lot.”
The Pistons have a hole at shooting guard and reportedly could pursue Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and Boston Celtics’ guard Avery Bradley. Wade and Stephenson would, of course, count as top tier free agents.