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The Detroit Pistons will take a wait-and-see approach to free agency.
At least according to new senior advisor Ed Stefanski, who told Rod Beard of the Detroit News the team will wait until the big-ticket free-agent signings take place before making moves to fill out their roster.
“We’ll see who’s out there in the second wave,” Stefanski said.
Salary constraints will limit what the Pistons can do, according to Stefanski. The moves made by the previous regime, lead by former coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy, will limit how much roster flexibility the team has.
“The luxury-tax line is on us,” Stefanski said. “We’ll see what players are available. The team we have now is our team because we don’t have the flexibility at this time.”
Which makes re-signing Anthony Tolliver difficult. The veteran power forward is an unrestricted free agency and the Pistons would somehow find a way to clear enough cap space by moving a high-salaried player from their roster.
Stefanski believes the Pistons are fortunate to have hired Dwane Casey as their new head coach, as our Sam Amico wrote.
“We’re very happy to bring Casey on board; it was our first priority,” Stefanski said. “We’re very fortunate that the Coach of the Year was sitting out there without a job. It’s unusual in any sport that that caliber of coach is out there.”
Casey had meetings last week with several of Detroit’s top players during summer workouts in California, including Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard.
“He’s getting an idea of how each guy will play and have them work that into their individual (summer) workouts,” Stefanski said.
Meanwhile, the Pistons are operating without a general manager. With all of their preparation for Thursday’s draft complete, there is no rush to make a hire. Assistant GM Pat Garrity remains in the running to be named to a front-office position with the team.