We have already heard the reports that the Detroit Pistons are interested in Sacramento Kings restricted free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas.
However, he isn’t the only free agent that the Pistons are interested in. The Pistons are also reportedly interested in New Orleans Pelicans free agent guard Anthony Marrow and Washing Wizards free agent small forward Trevor Ariza.
Anthony Morrow is expected to meet with the #Pistons "early" in the free agency process…led the league in 3-pt shooting—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 01, 2014
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Now, when you talk about Morrow, you’re talking about a straight up three-point shooter. Morrow shot 45 percent from three last season and he has shot 42 percent from three during his six-year NBA career. Anybody who knows the Pistons, knows that they are desperately looking for shooters, especially those who can hit it from three. If you don’t believe me, keep in mind that the Pistons finished season last year shooting 32.1 percent from deep as a team, which was one of the worst three-point percentages in the league last year.
Overall, Morrow would be a good option for them and he would definitely increase their three-point percentage. Plus the Pistons need to get more capable players at the wing position. The only knock about Morrow is the fact that he isn’t much of a defender or offensive threat if his shot isn’t falling. Nonetheless, I think the Pistons coaching staff is fine with that, as long as he can be a consistent shooter and not turn the ball over.
Pistons beat writer Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, says that Morrow and the Pistons will meet soon and if he likes what he hears, he could very well be a Piston going in to the 2014-15 season.
“The source said the Pistons and Morrow will meet “early” in the free-agent process, and unlike other free agents who are waiting on the top-tier free agents to sign, the indication is Morrow won’t wait if a good offer comes his way.” – Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News
When it comes to Trevor Ariza, you’re talking about a good defender, who can score when needed. Offensively, he has the ability to step outside and knock down the three-point shot along with his ability to make plays at the rim in transition. Defensively, he is considered to be one of the more top perimeter defensders, who can guard multiple positions.
While I feel he could potentially be a good fit for the Pistons, he may not the fit the Pistons price range, considering he is coming off a good and productive season with the Washington Wizards.
According to Pistons beat writer Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, the Pistons only have about $13 million dollars in cap space and they more than likely to use it on Morrow.
They have around $13 million in cap space factoring in restricted free agent Greg Monroe’s cap hold, and Pistons president Stan Van Gundy likely had Morrow in mind when he said the Pistons had “nine or 10 targets” in free agency. – Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News
Now, that’s not to say that the Pistons won’t sign Ariza, but some feel the Pistons have a better chance of signing Morrow. Time will tell.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit