Title: Galloway signing an unnecessary gamble with Caldwell-Pope in the balance
Date: July 3, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Detroit, I looked at the Pistons’ signing of Langston Galloway, a reasonable move in a vacuum but one that introduces risk and inflexibility in the near-term.
The plan in Detroit remains unclear.
Facing an incredibly tight salary cap crunch heading into a pivotal offseason, the Pistons moved swiftly to limit their flexibility further, throwing a cloud over the restricted free agency of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
As free agency opened, word came down from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Pistons had agreed to a three-year, $21-million deal with Langston Galloway. It was a confusing opening salvo from Stan Van Gundy and company, a move that stood to make a dire situation even worse and really cut into any perceived leverage the team had, either on the trade market in looking to unload salary, or in their attempts to keep Caldwell-Pope from signing a major offer sheet elsewhere.
Because of the Pistons’ cap situation, they could not use actual cap space to sign Galloway. They simply had no reasonable means of creating that space, and so they were left to play the exception market. Given the annual salary Galloway will receive, the Pistons must be using some of their non-taxpayer mid-level exception to sign him. His starting figure, even on a back-loaded deal, necessitates it.