Kemba Walker takeover case, why Isaiah Livers is a standout candidate: Pistons mailbag

Do you feel it?

The warm summer air tends to be more fragile. Dark days are more common. Rain more frequent. Fall is coming. Basketball around the corner.

at the end of this month, Detroit Pistons Training camp will start. The franchise sparked more interest during the summer months by adding a promising young group with other first-round picks and bringing back the divisive uniform. The Pistons may not win many basketball games next season, but there’s no doubt that from the outside, this is the most anticipated season in recent memory.

With three weeks left until the team arrives on the field, I answer the participants’ questions as the team’s return date approaches NBA a job. Below, I talk about Kemba Walker’s future, Detroit timeline, Kid Cunningham And much more.


I’m not sure if this is already unanswered: Is there a reason not to buy Kemba Walker yet (eg, another deal to come)? I just feel like waiting for those long hamstrings for him to catch up on a new team. -thetroyreaper

Yes, Kimba Walker which was obtained on the day of the raffle that Fetch No. 13 Jalen Duren’s Choice Still on Detroit’s list. You mentioned that the Pistons plan was to buy Walker and let him become a free agent. That’s still what Detroit wants to happen. However, disruption is not at the end of the pistons. In order for the Pistons not to pay the entire $9 million due to the veteran goalkeeper’s point this season, the two sides must agree on an acquisition number that works for both parties. A number for Walker still gives him a good chunk of the money owed while allowing him to find a better position, and a number for the Pistons allows them to get a little bit of a discount to let Walker work for free.

According to sources, the Pistons and Walker agreed on a figure a few million dollars less than they owed. However, that’s just *an educated hunch,* Walker hasn’t yet formally agreed to the terms of the buyout because, well, a player usually takes a buyout when they’re sure they can sign for another team and make some money back. So if you’ve read the tea leaves, it seems Walker isn’t sure another team is interested in his services at this particular time. If this is the case, lol Does not have a to me It takes less money just to sit at home. Alternatively, Walker can force the Pistons to pay whatever he’s worth, even if they give it up on their own.

To sum it all up in one sentence: Walker seems to have no other team at the moment and no point in taking less money until he does.

Do you expect players like Burks, Noel, Kelly O, and CoJo to have more trading value now or near the trade deadline? -siddisreddy

Definitely close to the deadline.

Regarding Nerlens Noel, the veteran big man hasn’t played since February 7 and has dealt with a foot injury. When Noel is healthy, he’s one of the best edge guards in the league. However, he must get on the field and show that he is still an effective defender.

As for the Kelly OlynykThe 31-year-old striker struggled for most of last season while dealing with COVID-19 and various injuries. It was by no means the best year of his career. He also needs to increase his value on earth. Additionally, Oleinik, who owed $12.8 million in 2022-23, has a $3 million partial guarantee on his contract after this season. Certainly, any team that acquires Olynik will want to pay as little as possible and have the most flexibility, making a trade deadline deal more likely than a deal at the top of the season.

Alec Burks is a good player and the teams know what he has to offer. I think the Pistons will appreciate his presence this season. It’s best if Detroit sticks to the Burks for the first half of the season, seeing where their record is around the deadline and evaluating any commercial bids at that time.

Corey JosephIn my opinion, it doesn’t have much commercial value at the moment. Perhaps after the start of the season, if injuries occur, an aspiring playoff team could look for a veteran goalkeeper with an expired contract like Joseph.

Who do you think will take the biggest leap this year: Beef Stew or MB3? Personally feeling the beef stew. I think moving to the four and developing a triple ball would be huge for him. -TJ_Yutta

it’s a Isaiah Stewart Mine. This isn’t a blow to Bagley, though. I think he’s the player he’s going to be, and that’s a useful player in the NBA. On the other hand, Stewart has a better ocean touch, he’s a better defender and an equally good rebel. If Stewart’s improved three-point shot is as real as I think, that changes his trajectory as an NBA player. I understand the same could be said for Bagley, but he hasn’t shown as much potential as an ambient shooter like Stewart up until this point.

If you’ve been following my work here for the past few years, you know I feel confident that Stewart will one day be a good sized 3-point shooter. This is the hill I’ve been laying down since entering the league in 2020. Assuming that shows itself this year, Stewart will be tough to get off the floor. He’s the focus of the Pistons’ substitution scheme on the defensive end, and his shot will provide much-needed spacing for a much-needed roster.

Give me the name of a player, coach, staff or front office member who isn’t mentioned much but thinks we’ll hear a lot more about him in the coming season/years. – @Discomfort_

In July, I wrote a profile on Jordan Brink, The 30-year-old made his way into the Pistons organization to coach the Summer League team. Last month, I profiled the assistant general manager of Pistons, Rob Murphy, Detroit native with tough beginnings. These are two names to watch.

Another behind-the-scenes name to watch out for is Josh Bartelstein, who was promoted to Assistant General Manager earlier this summer. Bartelstein has spent the past few years alongside Arn Tellem, bridging the gap between the Pistons’ business and the basketball side. Bartelstein played a large role in the plan and execution of acquiring Pistons downtown on a full-time basis. Now, he’s in the front office on the basketball side, and by multiple accounts, he’s made a positive impact on General Manager Troy Weaver and Assistant General Manager George David in a short space of time.

In the field Isaiah liver He is my outstanding candidate. He impressed me in the Las Vegas Summer League. We all know he can shoot. He’s a Dwane Casey player a lot. I think Levers is a rotation player, at least, this season.

Now this Cleveland Is Mitchell, does that change our schedule for being a championship contender to four to five years down the road? The East looks stronger than the West did 10 years ago. – @CodyThommen9

Other than having another good team in the East, I don’t think the Cavaliers’ home swing in favor of Donovan Mitchell affects the Pistons schedule at all. Detroit has been a bit behind Cleveland and its rebuilding path, and while that gap appears wider now, Detroit is in a position to make a similar franchise-altering trade when the right opportunity arises.

The pistons are small. By the time they become true contenders (if that happens), there’s a chance that it will be Milwaukee Bucks Not what they are, the Boston Celtics looks different Brooklyn Networks They really blew it up. Philadelphia 76ers Not a threat, etc. Detroit can wait for some of those teams that have pressure to win and may hold back when that doesn’t happen over the next few seasons.

Yes, the East seems more difficult now. However, the Pistons are not trying to win a championship at the moment. Over time, the most visible path of contention should reveal itself to Detroit if the organization is as successful in evaluating talent as it currently appears.

(Photo: Kimba Walker: Wendell Cruz/USA Today)