The Detroit Red Wings aren’t the only ones trying to nab key free agents. The Detroit Pistons have been busy during NBA Free Agency this week and have made a couple of under the radar signings.
Stan Van Gundy signed a couple of guards in Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin this week loading up his back court. The signing may signal the end for Brandon Jennings who may have become trade bait as a result.
Here is a review of what you may have missed this week in the Detroit Pistons hunt in NBA Free Agency.
From The Freep: Detroit Pistons Sign Jodie Meeks and Cartier Martin
Even basketball novices could notice one of the major issues with the Detroit Pistons last season. They took many three-pointers — and missed many three-pointers. They missed three-pointers so badly that only the 76ers were worse from behind the arc. New Pistons president of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy moved to address that weakness on Day 1 of the NBA’s free-agency moratorium.
From Basketball Insiders: Billups Still Thinks He Has Something Left
Playing is certainly still an option for Billups, who recently became an unrestricted free agent when the Detroit Pistons decided not to pick up their $2.5 million team option on his contract. Billups is currently training with Joe Abunassar at Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, preparing himself in the event that he continues playing. He believes he can still help a team; however, Billups made it clear that he’ll only resume his career if the right situation presents itself. In other words, he’ll only delay his retirement if a championship-caliber team comes calling and requires his services.
From Rant Sports: Detroit Needs To Sign Isaiah Thomas
Sure, the Pistons already have a talented point guard in Brandon Jennings, 24, but they could use a solid complement to Jennings, providing extreme depth at the guard positions. Detroit could even go with a smaller guard lineup with Thomas and Jennings at both positions, providing both scoring and passing prowess at both positions and extra talent off the bench.
From Pistons.com: Pistons Mailbag
There have been numerous scenarios involving Greg Monroe in a potential sign-and-trade deal. My question is can a restricted free agent be traded for another restricted free agent – a double sign and trade, if you will. An example would be trading Monroe to Phoenix for Eric Bledsoe.
From MLive: Pistons Have Broad Needs And Specific Targets
Interpreting the unspoken with Stan Van Gundy as NBA free agency opens Tuesday carries risk, both inherently and because the Detroit Pistons’ head coach is a first-time president of basketball operations. Still, Van Gundy may have dropped hints — or at least opened himself to future questions if they weren’t hints — in the days leading up to free agency.