Having received a three-year, $21MM deal, Langston Galloway was the Pistons‘ biggest free agent investment of the offseason, and even he admits that he was surprised how quickly he reached an agreement with the team, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“I really thought it was going to take a while. I thought I was going to be on the board for a long time,” Galloway said. “My agent was pretty optimistic. We knew there were a few teams talking about me, but nobody really said, ‘We’re going to take a chance on you and go with you.’ But, hey, once 12 o’clock hit and I got an unexpected call from [Pistons president of basketball operations] Stan [Van Gundy], that was amazing.”
As Langlois details, Galloway is comfortable playing at both the one and two, and his ability to handle the point allowed the Pistons to avoid having to go out and sign a third pure point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith.
Here’s more from around the Central:
- Another one of the new Pistons backcourt additions, Avery Bradley, is already showing signs of emerging as a team leader, Langlois writes in a separate piece for Pistons.com. Bradley’s new teammates are optimistic about the impact the former Celtic will have in Detroit. “When you have a guy that works like that on the defensive end and is that good, it forces you to play harder,” Anthony Tolliver said.
- In a mailbag for The Detroit Free Press, Vince Ellis tackles questions on Andre Drummond, Stanley Johnson, and Stan Van Gundy‘s future with the Pistons.
- While Isaiah Thomas isn’t expected to be ready to start the regular season due to a hip injury, he’ll attend LeBron James‘ workouts at UC-Santa Barbara this week with his new Cavaliers teammates, a source tells Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
- Second-year shooting guard David Nwaba was claimed off waivers by the Bulls in July, but isn’t necessarily guaranteed a roster spot in Chicago. In an interesting piece for The Players’ Tribune, Nwaba acknowledges as much, but points out that he has overcome long odds before and fully intends to stick around as a Bull.