While they’re out of the playoff picture, the Detroit Pistons (23-57) are reportedly already planning their offseason moves. Per The Athletic’s James Edwards III, the Pistons have a “real interest” in signing upcoming unrestricted free-agent Jalen Brunson, who they hope can pair well with Cade Cunningham in their backcourt.
The Pistons have real interest in Jalen Brunson, sources tell @JLEdwardsIII.
The 25-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) April 7, 2022
The former NCAA Champion and Naismith Player of the Year has blossomed in his fourth year in the League, averaging a career-high 16.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from downtown.
As an upcoming unrestricted free agent, Brunson’s ascension this season has many teams vying for his offensive capabilities and floor general mentality, with the Knicks reportedly in the mix back in late January. An effective secondary ball-handler who can consistently knock down catch-and-shoot treys, the fit of Brunson next to the 6’6 Cunningham could be lethal over the next few years.
Brunson and the Mavericks (50-30) have been clicking on all cylinders as they finish out the regular season, sitting at fourth in the West, facing off against the Trail Blazers on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.