Jason Buckner, who has served eight years as manager of scouting for the Indiana Pacers, has joined the Detroit Pistons as their director of draft scouting, league sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell IndyStar. Buckner, who also served in a dual role as regional scout the last three years and has an expertise in getting background on prospects, had already left the Pacers before the firing of coach Nate McMillan in August.
For the first time in a long time, the Pistons can be major players in free agency. With a projected $30 million in cap space, they can pursue a top-tier target in hopes of improving their roster for next season. Not that they should, but they could.
The NBA Draft will happen in just three weeks. As teams finalize their choices, Israel’s Deni Avdija wants to take the best version of his game to the next level. Last season, the Detroit Pistons finished 20-46 and were in need of help in the backcourt.