The Detroit Pistons have elected not to extend a qualifying offer to Jordan Bone, a 2019 second-round pick and two-way player, who spent most of his time in the organization with the Grand Rapids Drive.
Bone will become an unrestricted free agent. The news was first reported by James Edwards of The Athletic.
The high-flying guard was a developmental play by Ed Stefanski and the Pistons regime with the hope he could capitalize on his speed and quick burst to become a change-of-pace reserve point guard. Unfortunately, he could not make it through the transition phase of Troy Weaver taking over as the key basketball decision maker in Detroit.
Bone averaged 17.5 points, 7.1 assists shot 38% from deep in his time with the Drive, but in a paltry 53 minutes over 10 games with the Pistons couldn’t show enough to convince the Pistons to keep him on.
With the NBA Draft and free agency approaching, the Pistons will be looking to add plenty of depth to both guard positions with Reggie Jackson, Brandon Knight, Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier, Jordan McRae, Bruce Brown and Jordan Bone released, traded or current free agents.
The Pistons played small last season, with incumbents Svi Mykhailiuk and Luke Kennard playing plenty of small forward, so you figure Detroit is still set at shooting guard, and Dzanan Musa came back in the Brown trade to join Tony Snell at small forward.
Detroit looks set to add a handful of point guards and wings in free agency and/or the NBA Draft where many peg them to grab either a top-tier point guard — LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes, Tyrese Haliburton, Kira Lewis Jr. — or a versatile forward — Patrick Williams or Aaron Nesmith.
Derrick Rose is still on the roster for now, but as the team continues to make moves to reshape the roster he and Snell are extremely moveable pieces as two expiring contracts with the talent to stick in plenty of rotations.
No decision has been made publicly about Detroit’s other two-way player last season Louis King.