The Detroit Pistons badly wanted to bring back point guard Jose Calderon, after trading for him in the middle of last season. Calderon had other ideas. He signed a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth $29 million, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
That one stings for the Pistons, doubly so because they opted to pass on Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams in the recent draft in favor of shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Detroit did later grab Peyton Siva in the draft — he’s now the only true point guard on the roster, though both Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey can play there.
But the Pistons ideally would love to keep Knight at the 2-guard spot and would move Stuckey in a heartbeat if the right deal opened up, meaning they’ll need to keep hunting for a PG. Some of the options:
• Will Bynum: Now that Calderon’s gone, the Pistons may put the full-court press on Bynum, who’s been a spark plug off their bench for multiple seasons. Pegging Bynum as a starter would be a stretch, but perhaps Detroit would contemplate using some mishmash of Bynum, Siva, Knight, Stuckey and Caldwell-Pope to fill the majority of the guard minutes.
• Peyton Siva: Siva averaged more than five assists per game during all three of his seasons at Louisville. With the options limited minus Calderon, the Pistons may consider giving Siva some extra run during the preseason to see what he can do.
• Jarrett Jack: Jack will be leaving Golden State now that Andre Iguodala has signed a big deal, so the Pistons could come calling. The 29-year-old Jack started just four games last season, but he still played nearly 30 minutes a night and averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists. Though the market will be hot for Jack, the Pistons have a starting spot open — and money to spend.
• Jeff Teague: A restricted free agent in Atlanta, Teague is coming off a season in which he averaged 7.2 assists — a number the Pistons should pay attention to, given how badly they need a PG who can distribute the rock to Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and Knight. Teague also scored 14.6 points per game during his career-best campaign. The Hawks would have an opportunity to match any offer given by another team.
• Chauncey Billups: Yep. Billups is nearing the end of his career and has played all of 42 games over the past two seasons. But he’d be cheap, is a beloved player in Detroit from his first go-round with the Pistons and might be a solid option to team with Siva and Knight. Plus, the Pistons could still pursue a player like Bynum to chew up a hefty portion of minutes.
• Darius Morris: Since the Pistons passed on Burke, how about grabbing his predecessor at Michigan? The Lakers let Morris walk, following a year that saw him average 4.0 points and 1.6 assists in 48 games. It’s highly debatable that Morris ever could become a starter in this league. As a depth addition, though, he might be on the Pistons’ radar.
• Beno Udrih: He’s looking for a starting gig after being somewhat squeezed on minutes in Milwaukee and then Orlando. During a 27-game stay with the Magic last season, Udrih averaged 10.2 points and 6.1 assists. The market here should be pretty reasonable, and the Pistons might be willing to outbid a few teams.