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.
Terry Rozier takes solace in how much Danny Ainge believes in him.
But I didn’t appreciate how deep their bond went.
Appearing on Bleacher Report’s live draft show, Rozier was asked to predict the Celtics’ No. 27 pick. So, Rozier called Ainge to ask. Shockingly, Ainge answered – with Boston on the clock. Almost certainly not knowing the call was public and live, Ainge revealed the likely selection:
Good thing the Celtics stuck with Robert Williams. That would have been extremely awkward otherwise.
As is, it was only a little awkward. Williams said today he doesn’t like to be called Bob.
Paul George has openly stated the appeal of playing for his hometown Lakers. He has also openly stated the appeal of staying with the Thunder.
That has created significant confusion about his upcoming free agency.
Could George find a compromise outcome?
Marc Stein of The New York Times in his newsletter:
More than one rival team has suggested to me that they expect George to strongly consider a two-year deal with the Thunder at $30.3 million next season and $32.7 million in 2019-20 that includes a player option to return to free agency next summer.
This makes sense on paper.
A 1+1 contract would give George more time to determine whether he and Russell Westbrook can win together in Oklahoma City without getting stuck there long-term if they can’t. The Thunder were starting to put it together when Andre Roberson got hurt. Perhaps, Roberson getting healthy would swing Oklahoma City’s fortunes.
George would also be eligible for a higher max salary in two years – 35% of the salary cap, up from 30% if he signs now. So, a short-term contract would allow him to maximize his potential earnings.
But George said he wanted to sign somewhere long-term this summer. He also suffered an extremely gruesome leg injury just a few years ago. He might not want to bypass guaranteed money to gamble for a little more later.
Are these rival teams just looking at the general outlook for a player in George’s position without considering his specific circumstances? Or do they know something? George could have informed teams he might become available in 2019 or 2020 so they should prepare.
I’m skeptical this is more than speculation by opposing teams. But the possibility that they’re basing their expectations on inside information makes this worth monitoring.
Mikal Bridges‘ mom jumped up, pumped her fists and screamed “Yes!” through her giant grin.
The 76ers – the organization she works for in human resources – had just drafted her son No. 10 overall. Bridges, a Philadelphia native who played at Villanova, seemed as if he’d stay home for his pro career.
She’s very, very excited. She’s been wanting this. She’s probably more excited than I am. She was about to cry and all that. She said she didn’t want to ruin her makeup, so she’d try to hold it in. But no, she’s very excited. I’m her only son. I’m a little mama’s boy. Her son is right there around the corner again, and it’s just really cool.
Except, as Bridges was talking, the 76ers were trading him to the Suns for No. 16 pick Zhaire Smith and the Heat’s unprotected 2021 first-rounder.
That extra pick carries major value. Even if you like Bridges much more than Smith – which I did, especially considering their fits in Philadelphia – that’s hard to pass up. The NBA is a business after all.
But it’s lamentable how this played out.
The Kings drafted Marvin Bagley No. 2 last night (seemingly for bad reasons, which doesn’t at all eliminate him from being the right pick but makes it less likely he is). He’ll join a young core also comprised of Bogdan Bogdanovic, De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles.
That group excite you?
Kings general manager Vlade Divac isn’t reducing expectations.
Lina Washington of ABC 10:
To be fair, in 2012, the Warriors were coming off a 23-43 season with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson already on the roster and had just drafted Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. Everyone would’ve laughed at calling Golden State a “super team, just young” then. But those four (plus Andre Iguodala) eventually led the Warriors to a championship.
But, really: Nah.
Entering the 2016-17 season, then-Knicks guard Derrick Rose said, “They’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams.” We mocked Rose relentlessly, and of course, the Warriors went 73-9 while New York finished just 32-50.
How long until Divac’s young super team reaches even 32-50?