3. Detroit Pistons
Speaking of tanking teams looking to bounce back better, look no further than the fellow Central Division bottom-feeder Detroit Pistons. Finishing with the worst win percentage we’ve seen from any team in the last seven years, they clearly have several improvements to make in every area of their roster.
The Pistons are expected to have the sixth-most money to spend of all teams in free agency at $36 million this offseason. Unlike the teams ahead of them, however, Detroit does not have a single starter-caliber player hitting free agency, meaning the bulk of this money can be spent on free agents looking for a fresh start elsewhere.
This is precisely what makes them such a dangerous threat to a team looking to hold onto its young talent like the Bulls.
The Detroit Pistons could weaken their division rival by luring Coby White away from the Bulls in free agency.
Detroit’s backcourt rotation was particularly messy this last season after Cade Cunningham’s season was ended early thanks to a shin injury that required surgery. With Cade back, the Pistons won’t be looking for a primary creator, but could still certainly use a player like White. Coby would immediately make Jaden Ivey have to compete for his job and hopefully reinforce good habits (unlike we’ve seen from the guards over in Houston), and would instantly become the Pistons’ best player off the bench.
Not only are the Pistons in serious need of shot-makers and legitimate NBA talent, but they also need young talent that fits their long-term trajectory. Having just turned 23 years old, Coby fits that bill better than most.
Teams like the Rockets, Spurs, and Magic are also in a similar position as the Pistons and could theoretically make a pass at Coby White in free agency. However, I think these teams are all slightly more content with their current guard rotations, making the Pistons the team most likely to throw their hat in the ring here.