Pistons expected to pick up option on Reggie Bullock
The Detroit Pistons aren’t expected to make many moves this offseason, having recently hired Dwane Casey on a five-year deal to coach the team until the 2022-23 season and due to the lack of a first-round selection, now gone as part of the Blake Griffin trade. Instead, they’ll choose to build through their assets.
First order of business will be to pick up a $2.5 million team-option on shooting guard Reggie Bullock, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Bullock became the team’s starter following the Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris trade to the L.A. Clippers.
Bullock was second in the league in 3-point shooting in 2017-18 with a blistering 44.5 percent clip while shooting 53.6 percent in two-point baskets — averaging 11.5 points per game for the season.
The Pistons also have three more roster spots to fill with a fairly small budget, including a mid-level or bi-annual exception after Jon Leuer’s injury. The most expected from this budget crunch is a potential trade of a mid-sized salary in order to bring Anthony Tolliver back, enticing him with a small raise.
Tolliver, a veteran presence in this team, was productive throughout the whole season as a stretch-four, especially during the end stretch when Griffin was forced to sit out.
The Pistons are not likely to make any big moves in free agency, with little financial flexibility after absorbing Griffin’s max deal, unless they move some big salaries in the trade market with their new front office.