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Detroit Pistons To Waive Joe Johnson


The Detroit Pistons are waiving Joe Johnson, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The release of the veteran will open up a roster spot for preseason standout Christian Wood.

Johnson inked a partially guaranteed deal with the franchise after an iconic campaign dominating the BIG3. The 38-year-old signed on with Detroit of all teams in no small part because of his ties to former agent and current team vice chariman Arn Tellem.

Johnson has been out of the NBA since 2017-18 but remains a gifted isolation player. The Pistons, eager for any offensive support on the perimeter, were quick to take a flyer on the former All-Star.

Johnson will bank his partial guarantee worth $220,000 and set out for the next chapter in his career. As we wrote about earlier in the summer, there were several organizations interested in working out the veteran.





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Pistons Face Dilemma With Final Roster Spot



The Detroit Pistons have a tough decision ahead of them as the deadline to drop down to 15 standard contracts on opening day approaches. According to Rod Beard of the Detroit News, the two players likely battling for the lone current opening are Christian Wood and Joe Johnson.

The Pistons currently have 14 players with guaranteed contracts, which means they’d need to eat another player’s cap hit if they sought to create space by releasing somebody else.

Another option for the Pistons, if they’re not satisfied with their other choices, is to explore a trade. According to Beard, the team has placed calls exploring exactly that, although there’s no indication that was any more than general probing.

If a deal that allows Detroit to free up a roster spot doesn’t arise, the Pistons will need to choose between Wood, who has dominated the G League and demonstrated an uncanny ability to fill the stat sheet in limited minutes, and Johnson, the 38-year-old isolation expert who to the BIG 3 by storm this season.

Wood currently figures to be in a battle with Thon Maker for the primary backup duties behind Andre Drummond while Johnson competes with Svi Mykhaliuk and Langston Galloway for run on the wing.





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