It is a bitter-sweet offseason for the Pistons. After coming off a first-round defeat, they are entering a summer of big-time decision making. While it is clear they need a serious roster overhaul, they at least have somewhere to start.
Blake Griffin is coming off his best season as a pro, and the Pistons will likely continue to build the roster around him moving forward.
Their plan might also involve a replacement at the backup point guard position, and Derrick Rose might fit the bill, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
“Derrick Rose is a free-agent option who will be a subject of debate within the front office, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of franchise thinking. Coming off a resurgent season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the one-time MVP will likely get a raise from his bargain $2.1 million salary this season.”
Despite Rose’s late-season injury, he is still a very valuable commodity on the market. This past season for the Timberwolves, Rose averaged 18 points per game on 48% shooting. His resurgence garnered a lot of attention, and the 30-year-old will be due for a bigger payday this summer.
Whether or not the Pistons will be the team to give it to him is contingent on their other plans. But it certainly wouldn’t be a bad move on their part.