The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with free agent guard Langston Galloway, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (which still feels weird to type).
Free agent guard Langston Galloway is finalizing a three-year, $21M deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Galloway has had an interesting journey to this point, clawing his way up from the NBA Development League on multiple 10-day contracts to get minutes on the post-J.R. Smith /Iman Shumpert Knicks in 2014-15. From there, he signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason, only to decline his player option for this upcoming season after being shipped to the Sacramento Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade.
Galloway is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds - on the small side for an off-guard, but a good size for a third point guard. He’s a career 36 percent three-point shooter, which is definitely an area the Pistons needed to improve in this offseason. If he can stay healthy and defend better than Reggie Bullock did, he’ll find minutes ahead of Pistons rookie Luke Kennard in Stan Van Gundy’s rotation.
Immediate reaction to the signing has been... mixed.
The Pistons got Galloway for under $10 a year. That’s such a steal.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 1, 2017
Galloway:— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 1, 2017
39% 3-point shooter
97th %tile on Synergy defense
Defensive rating better with him on court in both NOP and SAC.
Wait, what? https://t.co/69ni7nUycF— Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) July 1, 2017
Welcome to the first team in the 2017-18 Hard Cap Club! https://t.co/a3iZX313VY— Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) July 1, 2017
Huh. That is a lot more than I thought he'd get https://t.co/tJilKbjDBz— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) July 1, 2017
Personally, while I understand the rationale behind the signing, I had hoped for more offensive punch from any use of the mid-level exception for the Pistons. Galloway has shot 36 percent from three for his career, true, but he also has a career true shooting percentage under 50 percent and an abysmal free throw rate of .156.
But I’ve been wrong about player acquisitions before. * Waves at Ish Smith. *
What say you, DBB?