There are always a flurry of moves around the draft and the opening of free agency before things settle down, so the Detroit Pistons might not be done dealing just yet.
Teams can sometimes find bargains on the restricted free agent market after the big names have all been sorted and teams run out of money to retain their own guys.
Jordan Nwora of the Bucks could be such a cap casualty after the Bucks extended him the qualifying offer making him a restricted free agent.
Nwora has played mostly as a reserve for the Bucks, though he did get some starts last season when they were going through injury struggles.
Nwora is a forward who can play both spots, and has shot 37 percent from long range for his career. The Detroit Pistons don’t necessarily need another forward, but Nwora could potentially be a cheaper replacement for someone like Kelly Olynyk if the Pistons choose to pursue trade offers for the veteran forward/center.
The Pistons could also open up a roster spot by waiving Saben Lee, who has no realistic path to getting minutes this season unless there are a ton of injuries.
Should Detroit try to steal Nwora away from a division rival?
Detroit Pistons: The case for and against Jordan Nwora
I think the biggest case for Nwora is that he is a big forward who can score and has contributed to winning basketball on a good team, which the Detroit Pistons hope to be soon.
He hasn’t been a lights-out shooter (though he did shoot 45 percent from long range as a rookie), but he’s also had a limited role on a Bucks team that is led by three veteran scorers.
The Pistons definitely need more scoring and long-range shooting, and Nwora has a chance to end up being a nice bench scorer for someone.
The case against him is that the Pistons already have several forwards, including Isaiah Livers, who is a similar player to Nwora, though Livers is a better defender and passer. I don’t see a problem here, as they could potentially play together in lineups where the Pistons were trying to maximize shooting.
The Pistons also already signed free-agent Kevin Knox (though I am not exactly sure why), so Nwora would be battling several guys for minutes. I don’t really see this is a bad thing, as competition makes guys better, so why not roll the dice on several guys to see if one of them sticks?
A team really can’t have too many forwards that can score, and Nwora is the type of versatile player they should be trying to add around Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey, as he will make most of his impact off the ball.
Jordan Nwora is obviously not the final piece to a championship team by any means, but he’s a guy with upside and skills the Pistons could use that will likely be on a low-cost deal.