Could the Pistons stick it to a divisional foe and pry Matthew Dellavedova away from the NBA champion Cavaliers? As ESPN's Brian Windhorst explains to Zach Lowe, he believes that at the very least they will be one of two teams to make a serious offer to Cleveland's gritty backup point guard -- transcript via Hoops Rumors' Eddie Scarito:
"They [Cleveland] could've signed Matthew Dellavedova to a $2MM or $3MM a year contract and now I think someone is coming in with a $10MM offer sheet. For some reason, and I got a pretty good idea why, the Milwaukee Bucks attended Cavs games in the playoffs like they were a fan of the team. They had scouts there...[coach] Jason Kidd came to one of the games. I think the Bucks have zeroed in on Dellavedova. I think they intend to offer him a bunch of money. The Detroit Pistons were hanging around in the playoffs a lot, sending scouts. They weren't sending scouts to evaluate J.R. Smith, I think they intend to go after Dellavedova,"
This comes after Stan Van Gundy confirmed that the Pistons would target a "younger veteran point guard" on 97.1 The Ticket (via the Detroit News' Rod Beard). The feisty Aussie has been the cause of much speculation on DBB, as many see the St. Mary product as a great backup for Reggie Jackson. Ignoring a weak NBA finals, last season in Cleveland was his best yet, and saw him average 7.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds to go along with an impressive 41-percent completion rate from deep.
Detroit is thin at point guard with rookie Michael Gbinije tentatively penciled in as a floor general and Lorenzo Brown's contract not guaranteed for the upcoming season, so adding a young -- did I say gritty? -- point guard who still has potential to the roster may not be a far-fetched idea. That being said, Gbinije's performance in Summer League may affect the team's free-agent decisions, with MLive's David Mayo explaining that the front office would be fine to have the team's No. 49 pick assume third-string point guard duties should he show promise.
Could the Pistons' floor general rotation consist of Jackson, Dellavedova, and Gbinije?
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