Detroit Pistons: Salary Cap Space 2020

by October 14, 2020
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Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons

We’ve summarized what Detroit Pistons fans can expect from their squad in terms of salary cap space this offseason. Below you’ll find lists of the players expected back on the roster, the team’s potential free agents and a number of insights about questions the franchise will face before the 2021 campaign.

In addition to a summary for each of the 30 teams (accessible in the link grid below), we’ve also tiered the top NBA free agents league-wide and published a general comparison of all teams’ cap space. Follow @SLAMnewswire on Twitter for constant offseason updates as we head into free agency.

Projected Roster Players

Bruce Brown$1,663,861Non-Guaranteed
Sekou Doumbouya$3,449,400Guaranteed
Blake Griffin$36,810,996Guaranteed
Luke Kennard$5,273,828Guaranteed
Svi Mykhailiuk$1,663,861Non-Guaranteed, TO
Derrick Rose$7,682,926Guaranteed
Tony Snell$12,178,571UFA, PO
Khyri Thomas$1,663,681$744,684 Guaranteed

Projected Free Agents

Christian Wood$1,620,564Cap Hold – UFA

Projected Renouncements/Waivers

Jordan BoneUFA – No Qualifying Offer, Renounced
Jose CalderonUFA – Renounced
Langston GallowayUFA – Renounced
John HensonUFA – Renounced
Louis KingUFA – No Qualifying Offer, Renounced
Brandon KnightUFA – Renounced
Kalin LucasUFA – Renounced
Thon MakerUFA – No Qualifying Offer, Renounced
Jordan McRaeUFA – Renounced
Jameer NelsonUFA – Renounced
Zaza PachuliaUFA – Renounced
Justin PattonUFA – Waived
Isaiah WhiteheadUFA – Renounced

2020 NBA Draft Picks

2020 Pick #7$5,307,120

Exceptions Available

  • Room Exception – $4,767,000

Key Offseason Decisions

  • Will the Pistons use some cap space to retain Thon Maker’s restricted free agent rights? Maker hasn’t developed as hoped for, but is still young with upside.
  • Is Jordan McRae part of the plans for next season? McRae was claimed late in the season. The Pistons have his Bird Rights, but the cap space created by renouncing him may initially be more valuable than keep those rights.
  • Will Luke Kennard sign a contract extension? An extension would probably have to be fairly team-friendly, given Kennard’s injury history. Kennard may choose to bet on himself instead and hit restricted free agency in 2021.

Projected Team Salary

$77,314,988

While Blake Griffin and Tony Snell don’t have desirable deals, the Pistons still have a ton of flexibility this summer. Christian Wood’s Early Bird Rights will be kept, as he’s part of Detroit’s long-term plans. Bruce Brown and Svi Mykhailiuk have been rotation players, so they’ll end up being guaranteed. Khyri Thomas is a question mark, but it’s likely he’s back as well. Add it all up and the Pistons will still have more than $30M in cap space. (@KeithSmithNBA)

Cap Space Forecast

$30,028,392 (3rd out of 30)


Team Salary Cap Outlooks

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio
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