Joe Durmars picked up the big man he wanted. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Detroit reached and agreement with Josh Harrellson.
“Harrelson will hold a partial salary guarantee for the 2013-14 season, and the Pistons will hold the team option for the 2014-15 season, a source said.”
The 6-10 Harrellson was the 45th overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2011 NBA Draft. spent his entire rookie season with the Knicks averaging 4.4 point in 14 minutes of play.
In July of 2012 he was traded to the Rockets and then waived in August of 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January of 2013 then waived again.
In the short time he was not in the NBA he played in Puerto Rico and China.
It has not been officially announced just yet, but it likely will be today.
This isn’t a head turning deal, but he should be a serviceable big man to back up Andre and Moose. I’m just wondering if he brings the lumber jack bearded look to Detroit, because I’m not sure Gigi wants any competition in the facial hair department.
After squandering their cap space in the summer of ‘09 on two of the worst contracts of the past decade, Joe Dumars has begun to embrace the tried and true approach to rebuilding a team in the NBA – keep payroll flexibility, acquire lottery picks, don’t miss on those picks. But Dumars must also properly and proactively evaluate the talent on his own roster. His most important evaluation this season, is Brandon Knight.
Knight won’t turn 21 for another month. Although he showed flashes last year, he raised many doubts as to what his future ceiling may actually be. Certainly rushing to judgement on a young point guard is senseless. But this is precisely why Dumars must soon identify whether Knight will ever be capable of dominating games. If Knight is not destined to be a difference maker, then his trade value will never be higher than it is right now. He has the perfect combination of an appealing trade piece: a cheap contract, talent, and youth.
To win in this league today, you need a core unit of 3 elite level players. Greg Monroe looks close to getting there. Andre Drummond is capable of getting there. Beyond that, no one on this roster projects to coming close, meaning they should all be expendable with the ultimate goal of finding that 3rd piece. The 1st round pick sent to Charlotte in the Ben Gordon trade leaves the Pistons with one fewer coveted asset to build with. But it also gave them the cap flexibility to facilitate trades. Detroit may not be able to attract a high level free agent on the open market. But they can trade for one looking for a new deal like the 76ers did with Andrew Bynum and the Rockets with James Harden.
Dumars will likely be patient with Knight and hold onto him at least until his rookie deal expires. Patience is defensible. Though it’s fair to wonder how much of it Tom Gores will have. Brandon Knight is most likely destined to be a solid scoring guard who will have a long and productive career. That’s not a bad outcome for the 8th pick in the draft, but it won’t be enough to get Detroit back in The Finals. And really, isn’t that all that matters?