Dwane Casey Played Major Role In Bringing Joe Johnson To Detroit

The Pistons won the Joe Johnson sweepstakes, signing the 7-time All-Star to a one-year deal. Many factors brought Johnson to Detroit, though Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press hears that coach Dwane Casey was instrumental in selling Johnson on the team.

It’s unclear what pitch Casey gave Johnson while recruiting him, though I’d speculate that he told the veteran that there is a chance to make the rotation among other narratives. The team has a need for a scorer on the wing, as we previously detailed.

The franchise had previously agreed to bring scoring forward Michael Beasley to camp, though the former No. 2 overall pick will no longer join the team. Ellis reports hears from a source that while Beasley could find his way onto a training camp roster, it’s unlikely that it will be in Detroit.

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Pistons, Joe Johnson Agree To One-Year Deal

The Pistons and Joe Johnson have reached an agreement on a deal that will bring the 7-time All-Star to Detroit, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reports.

There had been signs that Johnson would be joining the Pistons this week. Among them was his scheduled workout with the Nets that never occurred. Brooklyn will look elsewhere for its wing depth needs.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the deal is partially guaranteed and runs for one season. Michael Beasley, who was expected to compete for the team’s 15th roster spot, is the odd man out in Detroit, according to Haynes. Beasley had agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with the Pistons earlier in the summer but never officially signed the arrangement, as Bobby Mark of ESPN.com tweets.

Johnson is the first player to net a NBA deal after playing in the BIG3. The Nets, Sixers and Bucks were other clubs interested in adding the shooting guard.

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All Signs Point To Joe Johnson Joining The Pistons

Joe Johnson’s NBA book has room for another chapter and it appears that Detroit could be the place for him to write it. The 38-year-old worked out for the Pistons on Tuesday and Frank Isola of The Athletic hears that the team is the favorite to sign the veteran shooting guard.

Johnson was expected to workout for the Nets this week but that hasn’t occurred, a source tells Brian Lewis of The New York Post. Some of the team’s players get the sense that Johnson isn’t coming to Brooklyn. Brooklyn is staring at depth issues on the wing with Kevin Durant expected to miss most of the season, Rodions Kurucs likely facing a suspension and Wilson Chandler sitting out for the first 25 games.

As is the case if Johnson joins Brooklyn, Detroit presents him with an opportunity to earn minutes. The team’s guard rotation lacks a traditional shooting guard with size. The Pistons’ wing rotation lacks players who can consistently get buckets. If Iso Joe can recapture his part of old game, he’ll fill both voids.

Another Johnson-dot worth connecting is Arn Tellem, who is the Pistons’ vice chairman. Tellem previously represented Johnson along with a long list of players prior to joining Detroit’s front office.

Detroit is carrying 14 guaranteed contracts with Christian Wood and Michael Beasley expected to compete for the 15th spot. The team could give that spot to Johnson or make a corresponding move to rid themselves of a guaranteed contract either by trade of by waiving a player. Regardless of how the Pistons decide to add Johnson, it appears the 7-time All-Star’s last run has a real chance to happen in Detroit.

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Zaza Pachulia Retires, Joins Warriors As Consultant

Zaza Pachulia of the Detroit Pistons

After a one-year stint with the Detroit Pistons, Zaza Pachulia is returning to the Golden State Warriors, the team announced. This time, however, Pachulia won’t serve as a player but as a team consultant.

Pachulia, 34, won a pair of titles with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018 but saw his veteran role diminish in his lone year with the Pistons. His retirement as a player comes after 16 seasons in the league, many of them as a starting center.

Pachulia averaged 7.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Atlanta Hawks back in 2011-12 and routinely made it clear that his value in a team’s front court was his physicality.

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Michael Beasley Agrees To One-Year Deal With Detroit Pistons

Michael Beasley of the Los Angeles Lakers

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Michael Beasley, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Beasley has been a free agent since he was bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers last spring.

While there were reports that Beasley had been contemplating a return to China, he’ll join a Pistons team intent on surrounding star Blake Griffin with an intriguing supporting cast.

Beasley played the majority of the 2018-19 campaign for the Los Angeles Lakers but was ultimately traded to L.A.’s other squad in a salary dump at the deadline.

Prior to his year in Los Angeles, which saw the lowest minutes per game of his career, Beasley had enjoyed one of his best seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.2 points per game for the New York Knicks.

The NBA announced earlier this week that Beasley violated the league’s anti-drug policy and will be suspended for the first five games of the 2019-20 season.

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Pistons Claim Christian Wood Off Of Waivers

Christian Wood of the New Orleans Pelicans

The Detroit Pistons have claimed big man Christian Wood off of waivers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Wood has shown flashes of intriguing promise at various points throughout his brief NBA career.

In 28 G League appearances in 2018-19, Wood averaged an impressive 29.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game, eventually earning opportunities with the Bucks and Pelicans.

The forward was released by New Orleans after their substantial roster overhaul this summer but didn’t last on waivers for long. Wood got a fair shake from the Pels last spring and averaged 18.2 points for the big league squad in the final seven games of the season.

Wood is set to earn $1.6 million this season, with over $800 of that set to guarantee if he remains on Detroit’s roster until the 2019-20 NBA season.

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