2. Free up some cap space
Contracts like Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer and Langston Galloway are bloated and they take up 29.7 percent of the team’s 2019-20 cap. This offseason, management needs to make a concerted effort to move at least one of those contracts without giving up a considerable young piece. Leuer played just 41 games last season and averaged 9.8 minutes per game. He would be the best but most difficult piece for them to trade.
Before last season, I felt Jackson’s contract was one of the worst deals in the league due to his struggle with injuries and lack of consistent production. While I don’t think it’s a great deal for Detroit, it looks a lot better now than it did one year ago after averaging 15.4 points and 4.2 assists per game.
They would be wise to try and find a team that’s willing to take him on to give them the money to make some moves in free agency.
Galloway seems like arguably the easiest contract to move if he were able to improve his consistency. There were multiple occasions last year where he got hot shooting, and his ability to get to the basket would work great in a sixth-man role for a number of teams. Detroit is projected to have the 22nd most practical cap space this offseason. Moving one of these guys would give them a huge boost.