A cloudy roster picture just got more confused with a report from Real GM indicates that the Pistons are the "frontrunners" to land free agent Eric Moreland, with the report indicating that Moreland "would hold strong chances in roster competitions with the Pistons, Lakers andKings.
The Detroit Pistons already have 18 guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, but it appears they are not done adding to their roster. And if there is any veracity to the report it might indicate that trades might be used to provide clarity to Detroit's roster puzzle.
The 6-foot-10 Moreland went undrafted out of Oregon State in 2014, but earned a contract with the Kings, but the team waived him before the guarantee date on his previous deal kicked in. Moreland only played two minutes with the Kings last season, and another 200 minutes with the NBA D-League Reno Big Horns.
It's unclear what kind of deal Moreland would command, but with multiple teams apparently interested, if the report is to be believed, you would imagine that a partially guaranteed deal with an invite to training camp is the minimum threshold.
Moreland is a solid shot-blocker and rebounder, but doesn't bring much offensively to the table. Most recently, he averaged 6.4 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes per game for the Kings in Summer League action.
Detroit has Ersan Illyasova, Anthony Tolliver and Marcus Morris lined up to play the bulk of the power forward minutes, and the undersized Adonis Thomas is fighting to get minutes at the position as well. It's unclear why Detroit would be the frontrunners or how Moreland would be likely to get a roster spot unless there was another deal on the horizon.
Indeed, as already highlighted on Detroit Bad Boys, Thomas himself let slip that Van Gundy told him the Pistons were "looking to make some changes soon" and that cutting guaranteed guys or making trades are both on the table.
Other players seemingly on the roster bubble are Danny Granger, Reggie Bullock (both acquired in the Morris trade), Cartier Martin, Darrun Hilliard and Spencer Dinwiddie.
One thing is clear, though, and that is that Stan Van Gundy isn't afraid to sink money into some legitimate position battles and fortify the depth of the team.
UPDATE: So much for being front-runners. Moreland signed with the Kings.