A midseason blockbuster for Blake Griffin didn’t lead to immediate results for the Pistons, but the team will look to the Pelicans as a reason for hope going forward — New Orleans’ trade-deadline acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins didn’t really pay dividends until year two. With a nucleus of Griffin, Andre Drummond, and Reggie Jackson, there’s some reason for optimism in Detroit heading into 2018/19 — as long as those stars can stay healthy.
Here’s where things currently stand for the Pistons financially, as we continue our Offseason Salary Cap Digest series for 2018:
- Blake Griffin ($32,088,932)
- Andre Drummond ($25,434,263)
- Reggie Jackson ($17,043,478)
- Jon Leuer ($10,002,681)
- Langston Galloway ($7,000,000)
- Ish Smith ($6,000,000)
- Josh Smith ($5,331,729) — Waived via stretch provision
- Stanley Johnson ($3,940,402)
- Luke Kennard ($3,275,280)
- Henry Ellenson ($1,857,480)
- Total: $111,974,245
- Reggie Bullock ($2,500,000)1
- Eric Moreland ($1,826,300)2
- Dwight Buycks ($1,600,520)3
- Total: $5,926,820
Restricted Free Agents
Unrestricted Free Agents / Other Cap Holds
- Anthony Tolliver ($3,948,000): Non-Bird rights
- James Ennis ($3,936,933): Early Bird rights
- Jameer Nelson ($1,499,698): Non-Bird rights
- Total: $9,384,631
Projected Salary Cap: $101,000,000
Projected Cap Room: None
- With or without Griffin’s mammoth salary on their cap, the Pistons wouldn’t have had any space this summer, since the contracts for Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic run through 2018/19. With Griffin on the books though, Detroit projects to be way over the cap, with a total team salary starting at $114,468,178 — that accounts for the Pistons’ nine guaranteed contracts, plus cap charges for three empty roster spots.
- Bullock’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after July 15.
- Moreland’s salary becomes guaranteed for $750K after July 8. There are additional partial guarantees of $250K apiece after September 1 and after the first game of the regular season.
- Buycks’ salary becomes fully guaranteed after September 1.
Salary information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.