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2017 Detroit Pistons Offseason Plan Project

Let’s have some fun.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to year three of the Pistons Offseason Plan Project! After a pretty mild one last season, we’re probably going to see some fireworks in your plans this year. I’m looking forward to see what y’all come up with.

The project: using the information below for a template, put together your offseason plan for the Pistons. Share your thoughts/reasons for any key moves, then post it as a Fanpost. I repeat, post it as a Fanpost, not just in the comments here. We’ll do a recap at the end and only Fanposts will be included. If you’re not familiar with how to post a Fanpost, just click here and select New Fanpost. Super easy.

Here are last year’s plans, in case that’s helpful for reference. You want to be included in that nifty stream, don’t you? Of course you do.

Salary Cap/Re-signing

The NBA salary cap is projected to be $101 million for the 2017-18 season and the luxury tax projects to start at $121 million. Pistons players under contract for next season are:

Andre Drummond: $23,775,506
Tobias Harris: $16,000,00
Reggie Jackson: $16,000,00
Jon Leuer: $10,497,319
Boban Marjanovic: $7,000,000
Ish Smith: $6,000,000
Josh Smith: $5,400,000*
Marcus Morris: $5,000,000
Stanley Johnson: $3,097,800
Henry Ellenson: $1,780,800
Michael Gbinije: $905,240
Aaron Gray: $452,059*

*Stretch provision

Non-guaranteed and options:

Aron Baynes: player option $6,500,000
Darrun Hilliard: team option $1,014,750

Draft pick:

12 pick

Free agency:

Players not under contract past the 2016-17 season: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (RFA), Reggie Bullock (RFA), Beno Udrih. Here’s the list of upcoming free agents.


Unfortunately we don’t have Rob Hennigan or Larry Bird still around to theoretically swindle anymore.


Don’t feel obliged to be beholden to this template. Feel free to get into whatever else you might feel is important, whether it’s a complete offensive scheme revamping (probably not a bad idea) and what that might look like or maybe you think the team would somehow benefit from everyone growing out a Aron Baynes/Beno Udrih manbun. But be sure to offer up an explanation.