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Potential 2013 Free Agent Targets for the Detroit Pistons
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O.J. Mayo and Tyreke Evans are two of the best swing men available this summer.

When NBA free agency starts on July 1, the Detroit Pistons will have over $20 million to sign free agents, more than enough to sign a maximum-contract player. They will be looking for talented players to add to their young core of Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

This summer will mark the first time since June 2009 that the Pistons will have significant cap space. That was the infamous free-agency period when Joe Dumars signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to contracts worth more than $90 million. 

The Pistons will be looking for better results this time around. They have a record of 109-195 (a winning percentage of .301) since offering those two ill-conceived contract. They gave the Charlotte Bobcats a future first-round pick last summer to take Gordon's contract, and Villanueva is averaging just 16.5 minutes per game this season with the team.

The two biggest prizes in the upcoming free agency are Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, but it is unlikely that they would leave playoff contenders (and California weather) for Detroit. Andrew Bynum, Al Jefferson and Josh Smith are all available as well, but the Pistons appear to have their frontcourt of the future in place. 

Where the Pistons should look to improve is on the wing, where Kyle Singler has managed to start 63 games already this season despite a PER of 10 (15 is league average). Assuming that Knight's future position will be point guard, the starting shooting guard and small forward spots are open.

The Pistons need to add defensive toughness and shooting on the wing if they want to compete for a playoff spot in the East. They are in the bottom half of the league in defensive efficiency and three-point field goal percentage allowed this season, according to ESPN.

These five players would help the Pistons in at least one of those areas and allow them to continue to build for the future.

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