Pistons Claim Christian Wood

The Pistons have claimed Christian Wood off waivers, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Wood, who has a partial guarantee on his salary that takes effect opening night, was waived Monday by the Pelicans. The power forward/center would be guaranteed $822,679 on his $1,645,357 salary for next season if he remained on the roster for the first game. The full salary won’t be guaranteed until January 10, when all league contracts become guaranteed.

Detroit inherits that contract with the successful waiver claim. The Pistons now have 17 players on their roster with 14 guaranteed contracts – according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link) – and are $223K below the luxury tax.

Wood, 23, is no stranger to the waiver wire. New Orleans claimed him in March after the Bucks let him go. He played just eight games for the Pelicans, but averaged 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per night. He has also had brief stays with the Sixers and Hornets since entering the league.

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13 thoughts on “Pistons Claim Christian Wood

  1. Theone23

    Like this kid. Put up some good numbers in limited playing time last season. Was surprised Pelicans let him go

  2. hiflew

    He’s a guy that’s good enough to be wanted by several teams, but not good enough to be kept by any team.

  3. Danthemilwfan

    I loved him I. Milwaukee and felt like he could be the next much harder working Hassan whiteside. Be nice to see him end up on a team that has space and needs a center.

  4. Averagebro

    A total enigma. This guy gets better each year but cannot keep a job for some reason. Hard to believe he couldn’t give some team 10-12 solid reserve minutes a night.

  5. Jarabie

    He didn’t play all of summer league, because he was in contract talks. He was 15th or 16th on our roster. Not the right time to be in contract talks.

    • ColossusOfClout

      He’s got nothing to prove in summer league, the dude has destroyed the G League last couple seasons.

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