The Detroit Pistons struck quickly in signing free agent point guard Derrick Rose to a surprisingly cost-effective two-year, $15 million deal on the first day of free agency. Now, the team is looking to add additional depth with some veteran pieces who will not break the bank.
The Pistons have already reportedly met with JaVale McGee, the bouncy journeyman big man most recently of the Los Angeles Lakers and before that winning a couple championships with the Golden State Warriors.
The team has also met with floor-spacing power forward Jared Dudley of the Brooklyn Nets. While Dudley is not Anthony Tolliver, he is also a 3-point specialist and is a quality defender as a 3/4 who can hold his own down low and is quick enough to deal with switches and guard in space.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was the first to report interest in Dudley.
Lastly, the team is looking for additional point guard depth even though it already signed Rose. Detroit apparently has its eyes on Shane Larkin as one possible option, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. The Magic and Thunder are also showing interest, but in the ensuing hours the Magic signed Michael Carter-Williams, so that probably takes them out of the running.
While Rose will capably replace Ish Smith, who is off to the Washington Wizards, they need additional depth due to the injury histories of Reggie Jackson and Rose. As we saw last season when Ish Smith went down and Jose Calderon was forced into heavy minutes, this team can’t afford a big drop off if one of its point guards suffers an injury.
Larkin hit 45 percent on his 3s and was named Finals MVP as he led Anadolu Efes to the Euroleague title. He would serve as quality depth and can shoot from range in a way that Jackson and Rose cannot.
There are also several media reports that the Detroit Pistons are interested in reuniting with Anthony Tolliver, but the Mavs, Clippers, Sixers and Thunder have also reportedly expressed interest, according to Darren Wolfson, a reporter out of Minnesota, where Tolliver played last season.
The 11-year veteran is a better shooter in the past few seasons than Dudley, including a career-high 43.6% with the Pistons two seasons ago. Last year, he dipped down to a still-respectable 37.7%.