2. Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo started his career as a member of the Detroit Pistons. Now that his career is winding down at the age of 32, he may as well go home.
Afflalo is a veteran player who has been around the league. Seriously, he’s played for Sacramento and New York. He’s seen some things. He also tried getting into a fight this past season. This is very important to remember when the Pistons visit the Clippers next season. On a team loaded with talent that is just hitting the prime of their career, they need a veteran guy who can help stabilize things when they are going poorly. Afflalo has plenty of experience in seeing things go poorly.
You can replace Afflalo with any veteran free agent who might be willing to sign. Perhaps Jason Terry would be interested in living in Detroit for a year. He brings with him Championship DNA, an underrated genetic makeup that has kept Kendrick Perkins in the league the last six years.
Nothing would be expected out of Afflalo on the court. After averaging 12.8 points per game in 2015-16, he thought it would be a wise idea to go to the Kings. His scoring dropped to 8.4 points before dipping five more points last season on the Magic. If he scores a point or two each night, that’s just icing on the leadership cake.
Best case scenario is Afflalo is a glue guy in the locker room who secretly becomes the Reggie whisperer. Worst case scenario is they release him after the Clippers and Rockets games.