Pistons NBA free agency rumors 2024: Latest updates to follow

Pistons NBA free agency rumors 2024: Latest updates to follow

We follow the Detroit Pistons and the rumor mill live as the 2024 NBA free agency gets into full swing on its first full day.

Paul George was the biggest domino to fall, agreeing to a four-year, $212 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers early Monday morning.

Hours earlier, the Free Press confirmed that the Pistons were in talks with rookie Cade Cunningham on a five-year, $226 max contract extension. A deal with the No. 1 overall pick in 2021 cannot be signed until Saturday at 12:01 p.m. ET, when the NBA’s free agency moratorium expires.

Who is no longer available for the Pistons?

C Isaiah Hartenstein to Oklahoma City Thunder

Named by Free Press sportswriter Omari Sankofa II as one of two realistic free agent pieces who would be transformative for the Pistons (the other was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), Hartenstein is a big addition to the Thunder on a reported three-year, $87 million deal ($29 million per year) — too rich for the Pistons’ blood with second-year big man Jalen Duren as the starting center.

G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Orlando Magic

A three-year, $66 million deal (player option in final year) has been agreed to that will see the Denver Nuggets move west to the Magic Kingdom.

F Derrick Jones Jr. to LA Clippers

A key player on NBA finalist Dallas Mavericks is moving west to fill the massive void left by George, signing a three-year, $30 million contract with the Clippers, who will enter the first year of a rebranding in their debut season at the Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California.

F Naji Marshall to Dallas Mavericks

Former New Orleans Pelicans undrafted free agent agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with NBA runner-up Mavs to replace Jones.

G/F Kelly Oubre Jr. Re-Signs With Philadelphia 76ers

The athletic, rushing wing will return to the 76ers on a two-year deal worth $16.3 million, with a player option during the season.

PF/C Jalen Smith to Chicago Bulls

The third major player in the conference finals, the Indiana Pacers, signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Bulls, replacing backup Andre Drummond, who is returning to Philadelphia.

TREND: 3 predictions for what the Detroit Pistons will do in 2024 NBA free agency

Who else is on the Pistons board?

Rim protection was a weak point for the Pistons, along with three-point shooting. Here are a handful of realistic free agents who make sense on various levels and are still on the market.

PF Tobias Harris, Philadelphia 76ers

Harris, who spent parts of three seasons with the Stan Van Gundy-led Pistons from 2016-18, has averaged at least 17 points per game seven times, including last season. Can score at all three levels and is a solid one-on-one defender, but has never been a consistent player off the ball and is an odd fit: He’s not good enough to carry the ball much for a playoff team, nor does he do enough as a role player (didn’t take a charge in 5½ seasons with the Sixers) to command a bloated deal, especially in the newly restrictive CBA. He turns 32 on July 15 and would take a massive pay cut after making $39 million last season on one of the league’s most untradeable contracts. Rumors of interest from the Pistons persist.

SHAWN WINDSOR: JB Bickerstaff is the right coach for Pistons today. Worry about a parade later.

SG Malik Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks

The 27-year-old Beasley is a career 38.5% 3-point shooter and the big gun the Pistons desperately need. He averaged 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists while shooting 41.3% from 3 in 29.6 minutes last season.

SG Gary Harris, Orlando Magic

Harris, 29, has been solid at both ends of the court since spending two seasons in college at Michigan State, but has regressed in recent seasons and has dealt with injuries. Last season, he averaged 6.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists on 44.1 percent shooting overall and 37.1 percent from 3 while starting 27 of 54 games and all six playoff games he played in during the second-round series against Cleveland.

SG Buddy Hield, Philadelphia 76ers

It was a slightly off season for Hield, 31, who shot 38.6 percent of his 3s en route to 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.7 minutes per game in 84 games between Indiana and Philly. Has hit 40 percent of his 3s in eight seasons as a relentless gunner who would create a ton of space for Cunningham. He saw his value decline with his poor playoff showing for the 76ers.

SG De’Anthony Melton, Philadelphia 76ers

A back injury (stress reaction to the lumbar spine) limited Melton to 38 games last season and caused him several setbacks. Melton, 26, is one of the league’s most disruptive perimeter defenders and a strong rebounder despite his 6-3, 200-pound frame, but plays bigger thanks to a 6-8 wingspan. He is a solid three-point shooter at 38.3% over the past four seasons. Averaged 11.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.6 steals on 36% from 3 in 26.9 minutes.

C Goga Bitadze, Orlando Magic

His playing time was limited last season on a Magic team deep in the middle, but Bitadze, 24, is quietly one of the league’s better rim protectors and is ready for a bigger role. Averaged five points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks in 15.4 minutes per game last season.

F Kyle Anderson, Minnesota Timberwolves

Anderson is a sliding 6-9, 230-pounder who checks a lot of boxes as a power forward outside of 3-point shooting. “Slo-Mo” is a skilled defender and rebounder who reads the floor like a point guard, and would address several areas of need for the young Pistons. But adding another non-shooting threat unless there is another trade doesn’t make much sense. Averaged 6.4 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds and shot 46% overall, 22.9% from 3 in 22.6 minutes per game for the West finalists.

WHAT ELSE: Pistons hunt the NBA trade market: 11 players they can negotiate with

Free Press Sports Writer Omari Sankofa II contributed to this report.

Make “The Pistons Pulse” your favorite Detroit Pistons podcast, available wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple, Spotify) or live/on demand on YouTube.