Yeah, I know guys, it has been a rough season.
The Detroit Pistons—aside from the surprising play of gifted rookie big man Andre Drummond—have been a tough team to watch this year.
Rather than dwelling on another seemingly lost season, let's take a look at some reasons for optimism.
The Pistons will be heading into this off-season armed with two fantastic weapons.
One, they will have another fantastic lottery pick in their hands and available assets to trade should they want another one.
This figures to be a fairly deep draft on the wings, which is where the Pistons need to improve the most (keep an eye out for my draft profile articles, of which there are already three).
Two, they will be well under the salary cap.
If the information available is correct, the team should have somewhere in the neighborhood of $25-$30 million in cap space. That is dependent upon whether or not Charlie Villanueva uses his player option to stay and whether or not Rodney Stuckey remains with the team given that his contract is only partially guaranteed.
Provided the salary cap remains in the $60 million range, you are looking at a likely $25 million in space, give or take a million or two.
We are going to focus on smart ways for the Pistons to use this money.
First off, let's just cross a few names off of the list.
With the exception of Paul, it's just as well since they aren't good fits for this team. But those guys are either going to re-sign with their current teams, or they are going to be signed by a big market team in a sexier locale.
So here are the reasonable targets for the Detroit Pistons this summer that the team should be scouting going forward.