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HEAD COACH: Dwane Casey
VENUE: Little Caesars Arena - 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
CAPACITY: 20,491
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#2
Cade Cunningham
PG20$10,050,1206' 6"220 lbsOKLAHOMA STATE
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#14
Cassius Stanley
SG22$85,5786' 5"190 lbsDUKE
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#18
Cory Joseph
PG30$4,910,0006' 3"200 lbsTEXAS
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#5
Frank Jackson
PG23$3,000,0006' 3"205 lbsDUKE
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#6
Hamidou Diallo
SG23$5,200,0006' 5"202 lbsKENTUCKY
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#12
Isaiah Livers
SF23$1,057,2606' 7"230 lbsMICHIGAN
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#28
Isaiah Stewart
C20$3,277,0806' 8"250 lbsWASHINGTON
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#9
Jerami Grant
PF27$20,000,0006' 8"210 lbsSYRACUSE
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#20
Josh Jackson
SF24$5,005,3506' 8"207 lbsKANSAS
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#13
Kelly Olynyk
C30$12,195,1226' 11"240 lbsGONZAGA
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#7
Killian Hayes
PG20$5,572,6806' 5"195 lbsN/A
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#55
Luka Garza
C23$925,2586' 11"235 lbsIOWA
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#17
Rodney McGruder
SG30$1,939,3506' 4"205 lbsKANSAS STATE
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#38
Saben Lee
PG22$1,489,0656' 2"183 lbsVANDERBILT
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#41
Saddiq Bey
SF22$2,824,3206' 7"215 lbsVILLANOVA
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#8
Trey Lyles
PF26$2,500,0006' 9"234 lbsKENTUCKY
TOTAL Pistons SALARY: $80,031,183
Pistons SALARY CAP: $112,414,000

Current Pistons Roster Status

The Detroit Pistons underwent a roster overhaul in the offseason, with just four players staying on from the 2019-20 campaign: Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Svi Mykhailiuk, and Sekou Doumbouya. Literally everyone else packed their bags and moved elsewhere.

Detroit's most notable departures include Christian Wood (signed with the Houston Rockets as a free agent), Luke Kennard (traded to the Los Angeles Clippers), Langston Galloway (signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns), Thon Maker (signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers), and Tony Snell (traded to the Atlanta Hawks).

The Pistons did bring in a heap of new faces to the squad, though, headlined by free agent signing Jerami Grant. Josh Jackson, Mason Plumlee, Wayne Ellington, and Jhalil Okafor also signed with Detroit as free agents.

Detroit also added three first-rounders from the draft in Killian Hayes (seventh), Isaiah Stewart (16ht), and Saddiq Bey (19th).

The new-look Pistons enter the new season with a starting five of Killian Hayes, Josh Jackson, Jerami Grant, Blake Griffin, and Mason Plumlee. Derrick Rose, when healthy, will serve as the squad's sixth man and should serve as the Pistons' primary offensive weapon for the second unit. Guys like Delon Wright, Saddiq Bey, and Svi Mykhailiuk will be some of Detroit's most important players off the bench.

Despite being part of this team's current core, both Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose should be on trade watch, as the Pistons could emerge as sellers as they approach the trade deadline.

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Who Did The Pistons Recently Sign?

Detroit's latest signing comes in the form of 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Cook, who signed a 10-day contract with the team on March 28, 2021.

Cook, a former Iowa standout, made his NBA debut in 2019 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's been in and out of the NBA since. Aside from the Cavs and the Pistons, Cook has also suited up for the Denver Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to joining Detroit on a short-term deal, Cook had played in a total of just 17 NBA games.

Who Are The Pistons Targeting In Free Agency?

The Pistons were very active in the 2020 offseason in terms of bringing in a number of new faces via free agency.

Their biggest catch was Jerami Grant, who signed a three-year deal worth $60 million as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Denver Nuggets. His steep price initially raised a few eyebrows, but Grant has since proven that he is worth every penny (and more) of his current deal.

Detroit also signed Mason Plumlee on a $24.7-million deal for three years. Josh Jackson signed for $9.8 million for two years, while Wayne Ellington put pen to paper on a single-season contract for $2.6 million. Former third overall pick Jahlil Okafor also signed as a free agent for the Pistons on a two-year deal worth $4.0 million.

Also of note is that the Pistons signed/drafted four rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft: Killian Hayes (seventh), Isiah Stewart (16th), Saddiq Bey (19th), and Saben Lee (38th). Deividas Sirvydis, their draft pick from 2019, also signed for Detroit on a three-year contract worth $4.2 million.

Who Did The Pistons Most Recently Trade For?

The most recent player Detroit traded for is Cory Joseph. The Pistons acquired the 29-year-old guard from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Delon Wright. As part of the deal, Sacramento also sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick to the Pistons.

Joseph is set to earn $12 million next season in what is going to be a contract year for him. Unless he signs an extension with the Pistons, Joseph is going to be a free agent in the summer of 2022.

As for Wright, he arrived in Detroit back in November 2020 as part of a three-team trade deal. After a noteworthy first half of the season, Wright attracted the interest of a few teams prior to the trade deadline. Ultimately, it was the Kings who made the move on the 28-year-old combo guard.

What Is The Best Pistons Roster Of All-Time?

Throughout its rich history, the Detroit Pistons have won three NBA championships. Among those three title-winning squads, the one that stands out the most is Detroit's 1988-89 roster.

The Pistons won their first championship in franchise history in 1989 behind the leadership of Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas. Known as the "Bad Boys Pistons," Thomas was joined by Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Adrian Dantley, and Dennis Rodman. Other prominent players on that squad included Mark Aguirre, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, and James Edwards.

Coached by Chuck Daly, the Pistons won a league-best 63 wins that season en route to winning the Central Division title. The Pistons defeated the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first and second rounds of the playoffs, respectively, with both series ending in clean sweeps in favor of Detroit. The Pistons then memorably defeated Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-2, before winning the NBA championship against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals via a historic sweep.

What Is The Pistons' Salary Cap?

The Pistons are operating with a total cap of $114.7 million for the 2020-21 season. While this figure is still above the league-mandated salary cap, Detroit's front office deserves credit for navigating their cap situation relatively well particularly prior to the mid-season trade deadline. The is still over the cap by $5.6 million, but this is a relatively small variance compared to most of the other teams in the league.

Offseason free-agent signing Jerami Grant now holds the honor of being the most handsomely-paid Piston this season with his 2020-21 salary at $19.1 million. Cory Joseph ($12.6 million in salaries), who arrived in a mid-season deal from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Delon Wright, is the only other Piston earning above $10 million.

Mason Plumlee ($8 million), Dennis Smith Jr. ($5.7 million), and rookie Killian Hayes ($5.3 million) round out the top 5 earners.

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Who Did The Pistons Recently Sign?

Detroit's latest signing comes in the form of 6-foot-8 forward Tyler Cook, who signed a 10-day contract with the team on March 28, 2021.

Cook, a former Iowa standout, made his NBA debut in 2019 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He's been in and out of the NBA since. Aside from the Cavs and the Pistons, Cook has also suited up for the Denver Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets. Prior to joining Detroit on a short-term deal, Cook had played in a total of just 17 NBA games.

Who Are The Pistons Targeting In Free Agency?

The Pistons were very active in the 2020 offseason in terms of bringing in a number of new faces via free agency.

Their biggest catch was Jerami Grant, who signed a three-year deal worth $60 million as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Denver Nuggets. His steep price initially raised a few eyebrows, but Grant has since proven that he is worth every penny (and more) of his current deal.

Detroit also signed Mason Plumlee on a $24.7-million deal for three years. Josh Jackson signed for $9.8 million for two years, while Wayne Ellington put pen to paper on a single-season contract for $2.6 million. Former third overall pick Jahlil Okafor also signed as a free agent for the Pistons on a two-year deal worth $4.0 million.

Also of note is that the Pistons signed/drafted four rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft: Killian Hayes (seventh), Isiah Stewart (16th), Saddiq Bey (19th), and Saben Lee (38th). Deividas Sirvydis, their draft pick from 2019, also signed for Detroit on a three-year contract worth $4.2 million.

Who Did The Pistons Most Recently Trade For?

The most recent player Detroit traded for is Cory Joseph. The Pistons acquired the 29-year-old guard from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Delon Wright. As part of the deal, Sacramento also sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2024 second-round pick to the Pistons.

Joseph is set to earn $12 million next season in what is going to be a contract year for him. Unless he signs an extension with the Pistons, Joseph is going to be a free agent in the summer of 2022.

As for Wright, he arrived in Detroit back in November 2020 as part of a three-team trade deal. After a noteworthy first half of the season, Wright attracted the interest of a few teams prior to the trade deadline. Ultimately, it was the Kings who made the move on the 28-year-old combo guard.

What Is The Best Pistons Roster Of All-Time?

Throughout its rich history, the Detroit Pistons have won three NBA championships. Among those three title-winning squads, the one that stands out the most is Detroit's 1988-89 roster.

The Pistons won their first championship in franchise history in 1989 behind the leadership of Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas. Known as the "Bad Boys Pistons," Thomas was joined by Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, Adrian Dantley, and Dennis Rodman. Other prominent players on that squad included Mark Aguirre, Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, and James Edwards.

Coached by Chuck Daly, the Pistons won a league-best 63 wins that season en route to winning the Central Division title. The Pistons defeated the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first and second rounds of the playoffs, respectively, with both series ending in clean sweeps in favor of Detroit. The Pistons then memorably defeated Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals, 4-2, before winning the NBA championship against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals via a historic sweep.

What Is The Pistons' Salary Cap?

The Pistons are operating with a total cap of $114.7 million for the 2020-21 season. While this figure is still above the league-mandated salary cap, Detroit's front office deserves credit for navigating their cap situation relatively well particularly prior to the mid-season trade deadline. The is still over the cap by $5.6 million, but this is a relatively small variance compared to most of the other teams in the league.

Offseason free-agent signing Jerami Grant now holds the honor of being the most handsomely-paid Piston this season with his 2020-21 salary at $19.1 million. Cory Joseph ($12.6 million in salaries), who arrived in a mid-season deal from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Delon Wright, is the only other Piston earning above $10 million.

Mason Plumlee ($8 million), Dennis Smith Jr. ($5.7 million), and rookie Killian Hayes ($5.3 million) round out the top 5 earners.