After getting Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks from the New York Knicks, some might think the Detroit Pistons would waive or trade them as they continue to collect more future assets. However, that is not the case.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Pistons plan to use both Noel and Burks in the 2022-23 season. While Detroit is a young team, they believe they can utilize the two newcomers to guide the group.
For one, the team views Burks as an ideal veteran to mentor the backcourt featuring Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey.
Detroit is eager to utilize center Nerlens Noel and guards Alec Burks next season. GM Troy Weaver had Noel on his team in Oklahoma City, and Burks is an ideal veteran to mentor the Pistons talented young group of guards.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2022
Questions about Marvin Bagley III's future with the Pistons were also raised following the trade for Nerlens Noel. After all, having another big man could mean less playing time for the former lottery pick.
As Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press noted, however, the Pistons have every intention to keep Bagley. In fact, they extended him his qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.
Despite acquiring Nerlens Noel, sources say the Pistons are still committed to bringing back Marvin Bagley III next season. They extended his qualifying offer today.
— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) June 29, 2022
The Pistons are now unlikely to make a splash in free agency. They no longer have the room to offer a max contract after the Knicks trade, though it surely looks like the team is happy with the roster they got.
Of course a lot can still happen in free agency. Nonetheless, it is safe to expect Detroit to be relatively silent and just make some minor moves to solidify the roster.