The Pistons made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and showed the fans how bright the future is with a bright young core featuring Reggie Jackson, Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris, and Stanley Johnson. But they still have some holes to fix. Here is how they can fix them.
Draft Day: The Pistons have the 18th pick in the upcoming draft, and they have two glaring needs, a backup power forward and a backup point guard. Names like Wade Baldwin, Demetrius Jackson, Domatas Sabonis come up. Being the GM, the Pistons would rather have a veteran backup point guard then a rookie. So the Pistons take Sabonis. He averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds a game at Gonzaga. He will be insurance if free agency doesn't workout. With the 49th pick, the Pistons select Kay Felder from Oakland. He averaged 24.4 points and 7.7 assists for the Grizzilies, he is also insurance.
Free Agency: The Pistons take care of business by signing Drummond to the max-contract. Then we look for the backup point guard. The Pistons have plenty of options on who they want. Jeremy Lin to me, is the best option. He had a great year in Charlotte. He averaged a respectable 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists for the Charlotte Hornets. We pay him enough for him to come, but not too much. Preferably under 10 million a year. For the backup power forward, in the free agency we have guys like Al Horford, Pau Gasol, Ryan Anderson etc. Instead we make a trade involving Jodie Meeks, the trade is..
Toronto recieves; Jodie Meeks
Detroit Recieves: Patrick Patterson
Whether we throw in a pick or something, the Raptors make this deal to have some depth at shooting guard, unsure of Demar DeRozen and if he's is going to the Lakers. The Raptors get a capable three point shooter in Meeks, while the Pistons recieve a young stretch 4, he shot a respectable 36% from three with Toronto last year. The backup shooting guard to me, is also something we need to upgrade. Reggie Bullock and Darrun Hilliard are solid players but both are young and not developed yet to become a consistent backup shooting guard. Joe Johnson to me seems like a great buy for us, but he will probably want to go to a bigger market team. Instead we sign Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin's teammate. He is a great defender and knockdown three point shooter(shot 40% from 3 with Charlotte), he's highly skilled and has a lot of playoff experience with the Grizzlies.
We let go of Steve Blake and waive Spencer Dinwiddie as he never lived up to his potential.
PG: Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lin, Kay Felder
SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Courtney Lee, Reggie Bullock, Darrun Hilliard
SF: Marcus Morris, Stanley Johnson
PF: Tobias Harris, Patrick Patterson, Domatas Sobanis, Anthony Tolliver
C: Andre Drummond, Aron Baynes, Joel Anthony
This team already has potential to compete, and hopefully SVG does more in the off-season, he is unpredictable in a good way. Anyway, Go Pistons!