Could Fred VanVleet and DeMar DeRozan be reunited on the Detroit Pistons?

It may be a storyline to track this offseason, as both gamers can hit totally free company. It would certainly elevate the Pistons to a serious playoff competitor if it occurred.

We begin with VanVleet, possibly the leading complimentary agent on the market. Stefan Bondy of the New York Post reported last week that the New york city Knicks “are among the other teams with interest.” VanVleet’s stepfather, Joe Danforth, informed Bondy he’s heard rumors focusing on the Knicks, Pistons and Phoenix Suns.

He isn’t the only one whose mentioned the Pistons in connection with VanVleet. Let’s include DeMar DeRozan (he has a $27.7 million agreement choice with the San Antonio Spurs next season) into the mix when discussing Detroit, who would shock everyone if they land VanVleet and/or DeRozan.

It’s something to watch on, as a confidential agent informed Ben Standig and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic:

” DeMar does not like San Antonio and does not wish to exist. If [DeRozan and VanVleet) leave, they land with Dwane Casey in Detroit. That relationship with the previous coach is strong. Comes down to cash (for VanVleet) and the situation in Toronto is rough with the taxes. VanVleet on the Pistons elevates his status as the number 1-2 man on a group.”

OK, however how realistic is it?

Well, probably not very. For one, VanVleet will be anticipated to return to Toronto. Why leave a contending team where you’ve thrived? None of the franchises mentioned above will get VanVleet closer to another title than Toronto.

For another, in the occasion VanVleet and DeRozan were interested in Detroit, the Pistons would have to clear some cap area to land them, with $37.4 million in useful cap space heading into next season, per Spotrac. That won’t suffice to sign both VanVleet and DeRozan, though they could increase that number if Tony Snell opts out of his $12.1 million player option.

The other problem, however, is that gamers such as Snell may be disinclined to pull out of their contracts offered what could be a depressed free-agent market given the unpredictable monetary standing of groups due to the fact that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a representative informed Standig and Vorkunov:

” I assume that every gamer, nearly every gamer is going to opt-in. That’s not common. I believe it’s uncommon that nearly every gamer opts in, and I assume everybody opts in. I assume there is reduced player movement due to the fact that of that. There’s just a half dozen groups with cap area. … And there are concerns amongst those teams. Are they going to spend to the cap or are they not going to invest to the cap? … I believe there’s going to be considerably less gamer motion than a normal year.”

That might have a major effect on the market. Other interesting names with gamer choices consist of Mike Conley ($34.5 million), Gordon Hayward ($34.1 million), Andre Drummond ($28.7 million), Otto Porter Jr. ($28.4 million) and Nicolas Batum ($27.1 million), to name a few. The one player it will not affect is Anthony Davis, who will almost assuredly pull out and will nearly surely sign a supermax contract of some range with the Los Angeles Lakers.

But the majority of the abovementioned gamers may be more likely to take their existing salaries instead of risk taking a paycut in totally free firm. It will be a fascinating subplot this fall and winter, with the capacity that the 2 significant complimentary representatives this offseason are VanVleet and Danilo Gallinari.

Possibly DeRozan will take his chances if he genuinely doesn’t like San Antonio and desires out at any expense. Blake Griffin and DeRozan would be a fascinating one-two punch, though not one that would thrust the Pistons greater than a possible No. 8 seed in the top-heavy Eastern Conference.

However VanVleet would alter that calculus a bit, providing the team an extremely great huge 3 to develop around. It feels unlikely at best, but in the NBA, you just never ever know.