The Detroit Pistons offense is based around the Andre Drummond pick-and-roll — as it should be. But for that to work, the Pistons need to be able to space the floor and knock down threes, and last season they were 26th in three-point attempts hitting just 33 percent of them (28th in the league). Detroit needed to add shooting.
They have done that at a reasonable price — but with a serious caveat that could make keeping KCP harder — and got a guy who can play some defense, too. Detroit has reached a three-year, $21 million deal with guard Langston Galloway, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Other reports have confirmed this.
Galloway can play both guard spots and shot 39 percent from three last season (he took more than four a game for the Pelicans and hit 37.7 percent, his number of shots dropped but his percentage went up in Sacramento to end the season). He’s a good defender. He’s solid.
He’s not explosive or a game changer, but he doesn’t hurt a team with bad shots or turnovers. In the Piston’s system, he should be a good fit off the bench.
The problem with this signing for Detroit: It hard caps them. I’ll let Bobby Marks of ESPN explain.
The Langston Galloway three-year, $21M contract now has the Pistons with $101.7M in guaranteed contracts. Detroit is now hard capped because they have used $5.2M plus of the full mid-level exception. The hard cap threshold is $125M with restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not signed.
I like Galloway as a fit, but is he worth getting hard capped for? Especially since Detroit still has to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He’s a restricted free agent, the two sides have talked, and the Pistons are expected to match any offer for him. But a max offer for KCP puts the Pistons $3.4 million over the hard cap (and they still would have just 13 guys on the roster). The Pistons now need to dump some salary.