Detroit Pistons: Offseason Summary 2020

The Detroit Pistons will look significantly different in 2020-21 than they did last season, as recently hired general manager Troy Weaver put his mark on the franchise. The Pistons not only have new personnel running the show but a different organizational outlook altogether.

With a roster built less around competing for the eighth seed and more around long-term investments, the franchise will focus on developing its three top-20 picks and creating an opportunity for new additions like Jerami Grant and Delon Wright to continue to grow.

Pistons Roster Additions

Saddiq BeyDraft (19th)
Jerami GrantFree Agency (DEN)
Killian HayesDraft (7th)
Saben LeeDraft (38th)
Rodney McGruderTrade (LAC)
Dzanan MusaTrade (BRK)
Jahlil OkaforFree Agency (NOP)
Mason PlumleeFree Agency (DEN)
Isaiah StewartDraft (16th)
Delon WrightTrade (DAL)

Biggest Acquisitions

  • Jerami Grant: The Pistons invested $60 million Grant, who was last seen showcasing his value as a utility forward in the bubble. Denver remained high on him heading into free agency but he’ll now look to see what he can do in a larger role with Detroit.
  • Killian Hayes: It’s a new era in Detroit, which puts no shortage of pressure on the team’s highly acclaimed No. 7 pick out of France. Hayes has a cult-like following among draft aficionados and will arrive with Year 1 expectations as high as anybody in his draft class.

Pistons Roster Subtractions

Jordan BoneFree Agency
Bruce Brown Jr.Trade (BRK)
Langston GallowayFree Agency (PHX)
John HensonFree Agency
Luke KennardTrade (LAC)
Brandon KnightFree Agency
Thon MakerFree Agency (CLE)
Jordan McRaeFree Agency
Tony SnellTrade (ATL)
Derrick Walton Jr.Free Agency (PHI)
Christian WoodFree Agency (HOU)

Biggest Losses

  • Christian Wood: It’s unclear why the Pistons let Wood walk when it seemed as though they could have made the money work. Wood’s performance as a go-to option for Detroit late last season was impressive, he averaged 23.5 and 9.5 when granted at least 30 minutes of burn. Now the question is whether he’ll be able to keep that up over the course of a three-year deal.
  • Luke Kennard: Kennard was nearly dealt out of Detroit at the trade deadline last February but ended up remaining with the squad. Although he’s struggled with knee injuries, he’s a .399 three-point shooter whose presence on the perimeter the Pistons will need to replace.

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