On today’s episode of the Premium Hoops Podcast, Mark is joined by James Edwards III of The Athletic. James is a beat reporter for the Detroit Pistons and simply one of the best writers and team covers in the league with an exceptional basketball mind. James joins to continue the Premium Hoops Offseason series in discussing the future of the Detroit Pistons.
Discussed on the Pod:
To start off the pod, Mark and James talk about the most intriguing storylines/developments in Detroit not including Christian Wood. What stood out most about this team and roster?
What came out of the Pistons in-house bubble? Who separated themselves?
How can Blake Griffin impact this team moving forward? What might he look like returning from injury?
Who should the Pistons draft and will the Pistons make any moves prior to the draft?
Discussing what players will be part of the next great Pistons team. Will any of the young players on the roster (or about to be) be in that rotation?
What are the expectations of the offseason and next season?
Will the Pistons re-sign Christian Wood? How much will his contract be for? Is there a walkaway value and how likely are the Pistons to refuse to rebuild? There have been links to Fred VanVleet’s free agency; how could adding Fred impact the Pistons and their trajectory? They have a ton of cap flexibility this fall and can go in numerous directions. It’ll be interesting to see which path Troy Weaver embarks upon.
Lastly, summing up the Andre Drummond Pistons era. What went wrong? Could things have gone differently if Blake Griffin wasn’t traded for?
Enjoy the pod and major thanks to James for joining!
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