Pistons Exercise 2024/25 Options On Cunningham, Ivey, Duren

The Pistons have picked up their rookie scale team options for 2024/25 on guard Cade Cunningham, guard Jaden Ivey, and center Jalen Duren, according to RealGM’s transaction log.

The cut-off point to exercise those options was the end of the day on Tuesday, so the Pistons officially picked them up before the deadline passed.

While the Pistons took the decisions down to the wire, there was never any doubt about which way they’d go. The three young players are cornerstones of the franchise’s rebuild and their rookie scale contracts are relatively modest investments. Cunningham’s $13,940,809 salary for the 2024/25 season is now guaranteed, as is Ivey’s $7,977,240 figure and Duren’s $4,536,840 cap charge.

Cunningham missed most of the 2022/23 season due to a leg injury but was a popular breakout candidate coming into this season. The former No. 1 overall pick has averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 assists in 33.8 minutes per game through his first four games, making 40.0% of his three-pointers. He’ll be eligible for a rookie scale extension next summer.

Ivey, who started 73 of 74 games as a rookie after being drafted fifth overall out of Purdue, is providing scoring punch off the bench for Detroit to begin his second season, averaging 12.3 PPG and 3.3 APG on .475/.438/.800 shooting in four games (20.3 MPG).

The No. 13 overall pick in the 2022 draft, Duren is off to an exceptional start in his second season, averaging 15.5 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 3.3 APG, and 2.0 BPG in four starts (30.8 MPG), though he tweaked his ankle in Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City and is questionable for Thursday’s game vs. Portland. Despite being in his second season, the big man is one of the NBA’s youngest players — he’ll turn 20 later this month.

The Pistons will have until October 31, 2024 to exercise their fourth-year options for 2025/26 on Ivey and Duren.

Detroit was the last team whose rookie scale option decisions for ’24/25 were reported or announced. The full list of decisions can be found right here.

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