Andre Drummond has agreed with the Detroit Pistons to delay the contract extension till the November 2 deadline. The strategy will enable the Pistons to save $13 million cap space for the free agency market next season.
Earlier, Drummond was expected to sign a five-year $120 million maximum contract with the Pistons. The move is aimed at entering the free agency market with $13 million additional salary cap space.
“Andre wants to be here long term,” Stan Van Gundy told Detroit reporters. “He wants us to have the flexibility to continue to add people to this team.”
Last season, Drummond averaged 13.8 points and 13.5 rebounds. There are several guys in the Pistons’ roster with non-guaranteed deals, but this delay in extension would allow the franchise to spend $30 million on free agents next season and still enable Drummond.
San Antonio Spurs applied the same strategy last season with Kawhi Leonard, which helped them sign most sought-after free agent LaMarcus Aldridge this summer.
“Every player says I’m all about winning,” Van Gundy told reporters. “This guy is proving it.”
Drummond also intended to hit the market as a restricted free agent next July by delaying this extension.