Pistons’ Andre Drummond Opts Not To Sign Long-Term Deal
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond has opted not to sign a long-term extension with the team... to await free agency.
However, his decision comes in partnership with the Pistons to increase salary-cap space next summer, coach Stan Van Gundy said Tuesday (Oct. 20).
Drummond, 22, could've signed up to a five-year, $120 million maximum contract extension. But, after consulting with the team, he delayed any commitment until next July, when he will become a restricted free agent.
According to ESPN, it will allow the Pistons to enter free agency with nearly $13 million in additional salary-cap space next summer. And, it will give them flexibility to sign other players and then use their Bird rights to sign Drummond.
If he had signed now, they would've had to include the new salary on their books going into free agency.
"Andre wants to be here long-term," Van Gundy told reporters. "He wants us to have the flexibility to continue to add people to this team." This understanding mimics a move the San Antonio Spurs did with star Kawhi Leonard a year ago. Leonard also delayed his signing, and that bit of cap management allowed the Spurs to free up enough cap space to sign free agent LaMarcus Aldridge. Once Aldridge was officially signed, Leonard then signed a five-year, $90 million max contract extension.
"Every player says I'm all about winning," he continued. "This guy is proving it."