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Mavs, Pelicans express interest in Detroit Pistons guard

By meerna Jul11,2024
Mavs, Pelicans express interest in Detroit Pistons guard

The Detroit Pistons acquired an experienced point guard on the free agent market over the weekend.

After one season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Malik Beasley tested the open market and had several suitors on his radar. The Pistons eventually lured Beasley, as he reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the team.

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHypeBeasley drew interest from the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans before signing with the Pistons.

If it weren’t for the Mavericks acquiring Klay Thompson in a six-team deal, Dallas might have been the team to take Beasley. According to Scotto, Beasley was Dallas’ “best backup option” behind the former Golden State Warriors All-Star.

And with the Pelicans in the hunt for a player who can help stretch the floor around their star Zion Williamson, Beasley seemed like a logical choice, especially considering he has nearly 40 playoff appearances under his belt.

Ultimately, Beasley is headed to Detroit, where he will join a rebuilding team. The Pistons finished last year. This summer, the Pistons hired a president of basketball operations who came in and made immediate changes. Detroit also got rid of its head coach, replacing Monty Williams with J.B. Bickerstaff.

Beasley clearly sees something in the rebuilding Pistons. Last year, the veteran guard appeared in 79 games for the Milwaukee Bucks, a playoff contender. He started 77 games, averaging 30 minutes per game. In that time, Beasley scored 11 points per game on 41 percent 3-point shooting.

When the Pistons entered free agency with a plan to focus on proven shooters to help balance the roster around Cade Cunningham, Beasley fits that description, having averaged 39 percent from three-point range for his career.

By meerna

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