Just as Van Gundy had the word of Pistons owner Tom Gores that it was OK to wade into luxury tax territory to retain Caldwell-Pope, he expects the same marching orders next summer to keep Bradley. “In the right situation for the right people, Tom’s more than willing to pay the tax,” Van Gundy said. “I think about half the league’s going to be paying the tax this year. Tom’s not opposed to that.”
It’s also not a fait accompli that the Pistons will need to cross that threshold to retain Bradley. Van Gundy, general manager Jeff Bower and associate GM Pat Garrity, the organization’s point man on cap issues, have game planned for multiple scenarios with regard to the cap and roster for next summer. “We’ve got other strategies,” Van Gundy said. “The finances will not inhibit our ability to re-sign Avery at whatever it takes. If we’re in a situation where we want Avery back and Avery wants to be here, we’ll be able to bring him back.”
Sources close to the process believe that Detroit traded for Bradley knowing full well it would be very expensive to retain him beyond this season, however, if he is everything they hope he’ll be, they have no issues paying him. The wrinkle in all of this is the Pistons as a team. If Detroit continues to be middling as they were last season, would it be smarter to trade off Bradley at the trade deadline and get value? The other option is to keep investing in a team that is not appearing to turn the corner.
The situation, incidentally, is the same with Avery Bradley, and some league general managers are saying his defensive abilities, coupled with an improving offensive skill set, could make him a big get if he’s allowed to become a free agent in 2018.
May 15, 2021 | 9:07 pm EDT Update
Jrue Holiday has now played in 59 games and will earn a $255K bonus for averaging more than 3.15 rebounds. Holiday also earned two separate bonuses of $255K for games and minutes played. The guard has three more bonuses in play: $100K for being named All-Defensive (1st or 2nd team), $200K if Milwaukee reaches the NBA Finals and $1M if the Bucks win the championship.
Jason Anderson: The Kings list De’Aaron Fox (protocols), Tyrese Haliburton (knee), Richaun Holmes (knee) and Justin James (ankle) out for Sunday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Marvin Bagley III (groin) and Harrison Barnes (adductor) are doubtful. Hassan Whiteside (back) is questionable.
Rod Beard: #Pistons injury report for Sunday’s season finale vs. #Heat: Jerami Grant, Isaiah Stewart, Sekou Doumbouya, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder and Dennis Smith Jr. are OUT. Frank Jackson and Deividas Sirvydis are doubtful and Cory Joseph is questionable. #DFS
May 15, 2021 | 8:04 pm EDT Update
Mark Medina: Vanessa Bryant: “I wish my husband was here to accept this incredible award. He and Gigi deserve to be here to witness this.” Vanessa noted Kobe was talking about his HOF nod a week before his tragedy