Pistons Rumors: Seth Curry on Detroit's 'Target List' Entering Free Agency

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 7, 2019

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The Detroit Pistons have Portland Trail Blazers guard and 2019 free agent Seth Curry "on their target list," per James L. Edwards III of The Athletic.

Curry, 28, has averaged 7.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting (45.0 percent from three-point range) in 74 games this season.

The Detroit Pistons finished 29th in field-goal percentage and tied for 22nd in three-point percentage last season, so adding Curry to the mix could help improve their shooting woes.

As Edwards noted, Detroit is looking for a backup point guard. Ish Smith, who assumed that role behind Reggie Jackson last season, is a free agent.

Curry is the Blazers' primary combo guard off the bench. All-Star floor general Damian Lillard handles the vast majority of the team's point guard duties, but Edwards provided reasoning Curry can run the Pistons' show as a reserve:

"Yet when examining Curry’s potential as a point guard and primary creator, he was effective during the regular season in that regard. Per Synergy, Curry’s most-used play type was as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, and he netted an “excellent” 1.021 points per possession. Curry’s ability to shoot the ball from all over is a skill Detroit lacks in its current construct, and he’s also a little bit better of a finisher around the rim than most give him credit for."

An NBA agent told Edwards that Curry could land a salary between $5 million and $8 million annually for his new contract. Per Edwards, the Pistons would have the cap space to make it work.

Ultimately, Curry's outside shooting would be the biggest spark to Detroit. He's been lights-out from beyond the arc throughout his career, as noted by CBS Sports:

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CRAZY BUT TRUE: Seth Curry has a higher career three-point FG percentage than his brother Steph. - NBA Career Leaders in 3-PT FG%: 1. Steve Kerr (45.54%) 2. Hubert Davis (44.09%) 3. SETH Curry (43.88%) 4. Drazen Petrovic (43.74%) 5. STEPHEN Curry (43.64%) https://t.co/Rgto9cTC4S

Curry, who is playing on a $2.8 million contract, should land a big raise this offseason. But until then, he's part of the Blazers' playoff run.

Portland visits Denver on Tuesday for Game 5 of its Western Conference second-round playoff series. The matchup is tied at two games apiece.


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