There is always a flurry of moves around the draft and the opening of free agency before things settle down, so the Detroit Pistons may not be dealt with just yet.
Teams can sometimes find deals in the restricted free agent market after all the big names have been sorted and the teams run out of money to keep their people.
Jordan Nora of The Bucks could be a big victim after the Bucks extended him the qualifying offer making him a restricted free agent.
Nwora played mostly as a reserve for the Bucks, although he did get some early starts last season when they were battling injury.
Nwora is a striker who can play in both positions, and he’s shot 37% from distance during his career. The Detroit Pistons don’t necessarily need another striker, but Nwora would likely be a cheaper alternative to someone like Kelly Olynyk if the Pistons choose to pursue the veteran striker/central’s commercial offerings.
The Pistons could also open a place on the roster by compromising Saben Lee, who has no realistic path to getting minutes this season unless there are plenty of injuries.
Should Detroit try to steal Nora away from a division rival?
Detroit Pistons: The Case For And Against Jordan Nora
I think Nwora’s biggest issue is that he’s a top striker who can score and contribute to winning basketball on a good team, which the Detroit Pistons hope will soon be.
Not only was the shooter in the lights (even though he shot 45 percent of the long range as a rookie), but he also had a limited role on the Bucks team led by three veteran scorers.
The Pistons definitely need more long-range scoring and shooting, and Nwora has a chance at the end of the day to be someone’s good goal scorer.
The case against him is that the Pistons already have several forwards, including Isaiah Livers, a player similar to Nowra, even though Livers is a better defender and passer. I don’t see a problem here, as they would probably play together in formations where the Pistons were trying to maximize their shot.
The Pistons also already signed free agent Kevin Knox (although I’m not quite sure why), so Nwora has been battling several players for minutes. I don’t see that this is really a bad thing, because competition makes better players, so why not roll the dice on several players to see if one sticks?
A team can’t really have a lot of attackers who can score, and Nora is the type of versatile player who should try to add around Cady Cunningham and Jaden Ivey, as he’ll make most of his impact off the ball.
Jordan Nora is clearly by no means the last piece for the championship team, but he is a man with charisma and skills that the Pistons could use that would likely be in a low-cost deal.