The Detroit Pistons offense is based around the Andre Drummond pick-and-roll — as it should be. But for that to work, the Pistons need to be able to space the floor and knock down threes, and last season they were 26th in three-point attempts hitting just 33 percent of them (28th in the league). Detroit needed to add shooting.
They have done that at a reasonable price — but with a serious caveat that could make keeping KCP harder — and got a guy who can play some defense, too. Detroit has reached a three-year, $21 million deal with guard Langston Galloway, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent guard Langston Galloway is finalizing a three-year, $21M deal with the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2017
Other reports have confirmed this.
Galloway can play both guard spots and shot 39 percent from three last season (he took more than four a game for the Pelicans and hit 37.7 percent, his number of shots dropped but his percentage went up in Sacramento to end the season). He’s a good defender. He’s solid.
He’s not explosive or a game changer, but he doesn’t hurt a team with bad shots or turnovers. In the Piston’s system, he should be a good fit off the bench.
The problem with this signing for Detroit: It hard caps them. I’ll let Bobby Marks of ESPN explain.
The Langston Galloway three-year, $21M contract now has the Pistons with $101.7M in guaranteed contracts. Detroit is now hard capped because they have used $5.2M plus of the full mid-level exception. The hard cap threshold is $125M with restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope not signed.
I like Galloway as a fit, but is he worth getting hard capped for? Especially since Detroit still has to sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He’s a restricted free agent, the two sides have talked, and the Pistons are expected to match any offer for him. But a max offer for KCP puts the Pistons $3.4 million over the hard cap (and they still would have just 13 guys on the roster). The Pistons now need to dump some salary.