The Pistons apparently have a thing for 2018 draft busts.
But Detroit is signing both.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:
Restricted free agent forward Marvin Bagley III has reached an agreement with the Detroit Pistons on a three-year, $37 million deal, league sources tell @YahooSports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 30, 2022
The deal is fully guaranteed with no options on either side.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2022
The Pistons liked Bagley so much, they traded two-second rounders to get him just before the trade deadline rather than trying to sign him as a free agent this summer. The Kings could’ve made him restricted, but that seemed unlikely. Still, Detroit wanted the inside track on Bagley and, perhaps, a chance to evaluate him.
Bagley showed chemistry with franchise player Cade Cunningham as a lob threat. The 23-year-old Bagley still has the quick hops that intrigued Sacramento.
But Bagley is weak defensively and unrefined offensively. Though he has untapped upside, this is a lot to pay for the chance he approaches it.
At least Knox, 22, is even younger than Bagley. Knox always looked like a project. Maybe he needed this time to adapt to the NBA.
Pistons general manager Troy Weaver has earned benefit of the doubt in his scouting. But he’s definitely going against the grain with these second-draft bets.