3. Lonnie Walker Could Play in the Motor City
The Pistons are a hot item in the NBA world right now. Rookie Cade Cunningham is earning praise from the league’s biggest stars, and with money to spend and another top pick coming their way this summer, the Pistons could be deep in the playoff hunt as soon as next year. Jerami Grant has been included in trade rumors, and the Pistons will have the money to overspend on some desperately needed role players.
The Pistons’ ball handlers are nothing to look twice at. Cade Cunningham leads the way, and then there’s a significant drop in talent. Carsen Edwards, Cory Joseph, and Killian Hayes are the best they have. Joseph is getting up there in age, Edwards is a G League player who will probably not be offered an extension, and fans are divided on whether or not they still believe in Hayes.
Adding a tried-and-sometimes-true guy in Lonnie Walker to the guard rotation could be an underrated boost forward. The Spurs probably won’t be in a rush to bring him back. He started the season off very cold, then showed what he was capable of after the All-Star break, but since mid-March, he has fallen back to his early-season slump. Back injuries haven’t helped, but it might spell the end of his time in San Antonio.
Assuming the Pistons draft height, Walker would come off the bench with Marvin Bagley III and Hamidou Diallo. This would give Detroit one of the most high-flying benches ever with the potential to go absolutely insane when the starters rest. They might not win games, but they would make highlight reels on a nightly basis.
The Pistons do not need to be the team to sign Walker. Any team that needs some pop off the bench could take him, but Detroit has money to screw around with. The 2022 free-agent class isn’t great, so spending money on one-year contracts and waiting until next year makes the most sense. Walker has played four seasons on the Spurs, and fans aren’t convinced he’s earned an invite back.