Christian Wood will be reaching the unrestricted free agent market in 2020 on the heels of a career year, and the Pistons‘ big man isn’t pretending that he hasn’t thought about what the offseason might bring, as Keith Langlois of Pistons.com details.
“I know it’s a big summer for me,” Wood said on Tuesday. “I actually think I’m one of the best bigs in this free agency coming up with my ability to shoot and space the floor and be able to play the five and be able to guard and switch on the perimeter. I’ve just got to stay focused. I’ve got to keep with the same mindset, same attitude what I’m doing right now.”
While Wood should draw a good deal of interest on the open market this summer, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of remaining with the Pistons. The fact that Detroit is the team that finally gave him an opportunity to play a regular role is something he won’t forget as he considers his options, per Langlois.
“It’s a huge factor,” Wood said. “Especially with this team being one of the first to actually give me a legitimate chance and playing in games and believing in me and believing in what I do. Especially with (head coach Dwane) Casey, with us establishing a relationship early and throughout right now. It plays a big factor.”
Here’s more from around the Central:
- The timeline for Malcolm Brogdon‘s recovery from a left hip injury remains murky, but he’s confident he’ll be ready to go for the postseason, writes J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star. The same can’t be said for another Pacers guard, Jeremy Lamb, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury in February. His former college teammate Kemba Walker said this week that Lamb will be undergoing surgery on Wednesday (Twitter link via Scott Agness of The Athletic).
- The length of J.B. Bickerstaff‘s new contract with the Cavaliers lines up with the extension signed by GM Koby Altman in the fall, sources tell Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Bickerstaff’s new deal reportedly runs through the 2023/24 season, which suggests Altman is locked up long-term as well.
- In a pair of Bulls stories, Sam Smith of Bulls.com writes that Coby White is set to make the first start of his NBA career on Tuesday against Cleveland, while K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago examine Zach LaVine‘s past, present, and future in Chicago as the team’s leading scorer approaches extension eligibility.