Pistons Exploring Trades, May Keep Wood, Johnson

The Pistons are seeking a trade that would allow them to keep both big man Christian Wood and veteran forward Joe Johnson, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press writes.

That duo came into training camp vying for the final roster spot but circumstances may change.

Langston Galloway or Khyri Thomas are the most likely players to be moved in order to free up a roster spot, according to Ellis. The Pistons have 14 players, including Galloway and Thomas, with fully guaranteed contracts.

Wood’s contract guarantees at $822,679 if he makes the opening night roster, while Johnson would receive a $1.37MM guarantee if he’s still with the team coming out of training camp. Wood’s $1.65MM contract and Johnson’s $2.56MM deal become fully guaranteed if they’re still on the roster beyond January 10.

Wood was claimed off waivers from the Bucks and has put up impressive numbers in a couple of preseason appearances. Coach Dwane Casey has been impressed by the way Wood has conducted himself beyond the court. Wood would battle Thon Maker for backup duties at center if he sticks.

“Christian’s thing is just maturity,” Casey told Ellis and other reporters. “He’s done a great job of being on time, being where he’s supposed to be, doing what he’s supposed to do, being disciplined, because if he (had done it before), he wouldn’t be here. He’d still be with Milwaukee or somebody.”

Johnson, the MVP of the BIG3 league this summer, could provide depth at both forward spots. Detroit’s final two preseason games this week will help determine whether the Pistons keep both Wood and Johnson, according to the Detroit News’ Rod Beard, who also confirms the front office has been exploring the trade market.

Galloway has an expiring $7.33MM contract, which would hold some appeal. Thomas, a second-year player, is making $1.42MM. Galloway is considered a rotation player by Casey but the Pistons have numerous options at the wing positions and will also pair up point guards Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose at times.

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11 thoughts on “Pistons Exploring Trades, May Keep Wood, Johnson

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      The Pistons must be hard up if they need to keep Johnson.

    • L Lawliet

      Jae Crowder would be a nice scoop for them and someone who could push for major minutes on the wing. Galloway and thomas would do it. If any second rounder is traded it should be the pistons receiving. Crowder is not in Memphis’s plan this year.

    • Tazza

      Yeah I know he’s not in plans but the Griz are rebuilding and Crowder still holds value so I think they might need a second. But Crowder would be a great fit for the Pistons he would start at the 3. He can shoot the 3 ball alright, he plays solid defence and in small ball line ups he could play the 4 with Griffin at the 5.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I’m guessing Memphis would insist on a first round pick.

      • Tazza

        Yeah I was thinking Thomas and maybe two second rounders would be enough

  1. Skip, Tampa

    Yepper, 2 second rounders would probably have the Grizzlies bite. Actually wouldn’t mind seeing him in South Beach. Maybe a trade of
    J Johnson for Crowder, Milton.
    If the Pistons strike out.

  2. Tazza

    Doubt it would happen but I’m not the biggest fan of Sekoya Doumbouya or however you spell his name maybe they trade him for someone like Kevin Knox or Brandon Ingram. Knox seems to have fallen out of the Knicks starting rotation and doesn’t look like he has a bright future there. Ingram looks like he won’t get an extension so maybe the pelicans take back a high potential player for him.
    Kennard Ingram Griffin and Drummond would make a nice base for a team.

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