Detroit Pistons center Christian Wood becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and he could get a big pay raise.
According to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic, people around the NBA believe Wood could get a deal which pays him between $5-7 million per year. Edwards also reports that the Pistons declined multiple offers for Wood from the Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics at the trade deadline:
At the trade deadline, the Rockets and Celtics, two championship-contending teams, made multiple offers to Detroit for Christian Wood, per a source. The 2020 free agency class is considered blah, so don’t be surprised if Wood garners interest from teams with available cap space.
“He’s had a great year, for sure, but not sure everyone fully trusts it yet,” a league source told The Athletic. “It’s been the most consistent he’s shown his whole career. I think, maybe, $5 (million) to $7 million per year (is what he’ll get).”
Then there’s this evaluation …
“I would expect him to get a mid-level value, something like $9.7 (million) annually,” an NBA agent said.
Wood has appeared in 53 games for the Pistons this season. He’s averaging 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game while shooting 56.5 percent from the field, 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pistons traded Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the deadline, so Christian Wood will get to start for the rest of the season and show Detroit what he can do with legit minutes.