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Five NBA Free Agents The Detroit Pistons Should Target



Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons will certainly not be major players in the free agent market as the clock strikes midnight late Saturday and the NBA year begins anew.

What big dollars that will be thrown around will be directed toward players that can be found on the top 25 NBA free agent list that I did this week for the Detroit News.

The Pistons are already over the 2018-19 salary cap of $108 million but have not hit the $123 million salary tax, a fate that likely avoid,

However, they can spend up to $8 million on players through the mid-level exemption, a figure many teams will be tied to this summer.

Here are five players the Pistons could find on the bargain rack:

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Anthony Tolliver

The fan base has grown to love Tolliver, something you can’t say for many players from this franchise the last decade.

The veteran forward is easy to root for, plays defense and knocks down 3-pointers, hitting at a career-best 43.6% in 2018-19.

However, the cap realities and the resources already dedicated to former first-round pick Henry Ellenson and Jon Leuer might dictate the Pistons turn to perimeter help on the wing with their free-agent dollars.

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James Ennis III

While Tolliver may be the more popular of the Pistons free agents, Ennis might be more useful to the team.

Acquired at the trade deadline for Brice Johnson and a second-round pick, Ennis was strong early in his time in Detroit before fading down the stretch.

He’s 27, though, and can defend on the perimeter, a skill more important to the Pistons who are lacking at small forward.

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Glenn Robinson III

The former Michigan star and son of the Big Dog hasn’t taken off in the NBA in four seasons with Minnesota, Philadelphia and Indiana.

A high-flying dunker who has made 38.1% of his 3-pointers in his career, he can be had at a reasonable price and could be worth a long-term investment.

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Shabazz Muhammad

Muhammad was the highest rated high school player going into UCLA in 2012, but has never really lived up to the hype.

A career 9.0 points per game scorer, Muhammad played a bit role for Milwaukee in a seven-game first-round series loss to Boston this fall.

With scoring potential off the bench to back up the more defensive-minded Stanley Johnson, Muhammad could be worth a look for Detroit.

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Quincy Acy

Acy is a guy I’ve had targeted for some time and his dust-up this season with Andre Drummond only further moved him up my wish list.

He’s a pest and the kind of player you’d hate to play against.

In addition, the former Baylor forward’s value could be down because of an injury that impacted him in last season’s first half.

His production kicked up late in the season, as he found his stroke from 3-point range, where he shot 41.1% in 2016-17.

A Royal Oak, Mich. native, Matt Schoch has been following Detroit sports since learning to read by using Tigers box scores in the Free Press. Schoch is a Central Michigan graduate who has covered the Olympics in Brazil, playoff basketball at MJ's house in Chicago and cricket matches in the Caribbean. After working for newspapers in Port Huron, Mich., Springfield, Mo., and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Schoch is now the host of Locked On Pistons podcast. Follow Schoch on Twitter at @Matt_Schoch_.

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Check out the original episodes with longer versions of the Lieberman interview here and here.

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The Promise Of Bruce Brown And NBA Restricted Free Agency Talk



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