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Detroit Pistons pick up Hamidou Diallo’s team option, finalize roster before free agency

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Detroit Pistons made a lot of transactions on Tuesday, settling the list and pivot table before potential spending increases on Thursday.

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The Pistons drafted Hamid Diallo ($5.2 million) and waived team options for Frank Jackson ($3.2 million), Carsen Edwards ($1.8 million) and Luca Garza ($1.8 million), according to a league source. .6 million dollars). The roster now consists of 12 players, including recent first-rounders Jayden Ivey and Jalen Duren, before free agency begins at 6:00 pm on June 30.

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OMARI SANKOFA II: Why the Pistons are unlikely to make a big splash in the free agency market

Pistons defenseman Hamidou Diallo dribbles in the first half against the Bulls at Little Caesars Arena on March 9, 2022.
Pistons defenseman Hamidou Diallo dribbles in the first half against the Bulls at Little Caesars Arena on March 9, 2022.
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Detroit is predicted to have more than $30 million of free ceiling space — the most in the NBA — and be able to afford to offer the maximum contract. However, the Pistons are currently expected to instead focus on a few players to fill the roster. Shooting will take precedence.

After having perhaps the best season of his career, Diallo had the opportunity to develop it. He started his career last year with 29 games and averaged 11.0. points and 4.8 rebounds. He was perhaps the most athletic player on the list and excelled as an energy producer.

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Jackson arrived in Detroit ahead of the 2020-21 season on a two-way contract and worked his way into the rotation, shooting 40.7% of 3. But last season, he struggled with injuries, missing 29 games, and his offside performance dropped to 30.8. %.

Garza, selected 55th overall in the 2021 NBA draft, has appeared in 32 games and put in several memorable performances, including a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds that helped the Pistons get ahead of the San Antonio Spurs in the New Year.

Edwards, who was selected 33rd overall in the 2019 draft, signed a two-year contract with the Pistons on April 3 and appeared in four games.

In addition, the Pistons will move into next season with Braxton Key, whom they signed last season. Buddy Boheim on bilateral contracts. Jamorco Pickett no longer has a bilateral contract.

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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Detroit Pistons chose Hamid Diallo’s team, ditching the others




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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