Christian Wood’s solid play in training camp and the preseason has secured him one of the final roster spots for the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons plan on keeping Wood and explore some other options to finalize their 15-man roster. The Pistons had 16 players in camp, and competing with Wood for the final roster spot was veteran Joe Johnson and second-year guard Khyri Thomas.
The news comes from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Detroit Pistons intend to award forward Christian Wood with a regular season roster spot for his strong preseason play but the organization has some roster maneuvering to do, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 20, 2019
The report is similar to what a source told Detroit Bad Boys earlier last week, regarding Wood earning a spot on the roster.
The Pistons will need to release Johnson or Thomas or explore trade options. The team is known to be willing to trade veteran guard Langston Galloway, who is in the final year of his contract and slated to make roughly $7.3 million.
Galloway is a high-volume 3-point shooter but hits at only a 36% clip and can go through some terrible cold stretches. The market for him is likely pretty shallow. The Pistons might be able to offload Thomas if a team was interested and afraid they would lose him on waivers. However, Thomas has shown little in his one-plus season in Detroit and barely played in the preseason. It’s much more likely he would be released if no deal materializes for Galloway.
There’s also an outside shot the Pistons could find a trade partner for Thon Maker, who fills the same role as Wood and might have been usurped in the depth chart. The Pistons might need both, however, to ensure adequate depth at the big man positions.
These maneuvers would likely be motivated by a desire to open up an opportunity for Johnson to make the final roster. The Pistons have little offensive depth on the wings and the coaching staff has raved about Johnson since he entered camp and seem to want his veteran presence on the roster.
If Johnson can’t make the final roster, he’ll likely be released and either fade back into retirement or look for another playoff-bound team hoping he can catch on somewhere else.
Finally, and I’m saving this for the end of the article just to ensure everyone understand just how unlikely this is — the Pistons could be trying to concoct some sort of larger trade using a player like Reggie Jackson, who is also on an expiring contract, and Langston Galloway, to take a big swing.
Again, VERY unlikely. But I know some fans live vicariously through Reggie Jackson trade potential so there you go.