NBA Free Agency Tracker – Update Central Division- July 4th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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December 18, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (15) during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Thunder 114-109. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

OPTS IN: F: Cartier Martin opted in

NEGOTIATIONS ONGOING: The Pistons have reached out to F: Tayshaun Prince, but the big question is what will happen with Reggie Jackson. As per the article below there is a wide margin between the $70M Brandon Knight received versus the $90 Goran Dragic got. Given Jackson’s numbers with his new team were better than both his counterparts,  odds are his agent is trying to get something closer to Dragic’s numbers and I’m not sure Van Gundy was prepared for that. Still, it would take an outside team to offer that type of money to force Detroit’s hands.

Speaking of …. Dragic payday may affect Jackson extension with Pistons via @freep

— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) July 3, 2015

UNDECIDED:  G: John Lucas III,  C: Joel Anthony

LOST: As expected Greg Monroe decided to move to a new team, however the location came as a bit of a shock as most people expected him to end up with the Knicks. He chose instead to move to Milwaukee based on their young athletic core and potential upside.

TRADE: In a trade to obviously clear cap space in their pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge the Suns sent Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger to the Pistons in exchange for 2020 second round draft pick. It’s anticipated the Pistons will waive Granger and the that the key component in the trade was Morris.

Suns agree to trade Danny Granger, Reggie Bullock & Marcus Morris to Pistons for future picks. (via @YahooSports)

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 2, 2015

SIGNED: In another move for a team jockeying to win the Aldridge sweepstakes and looking to clear cap space the Pistons once again benefited with the signing of Aron Baynes.

ESPN sources say Pistons have struck verbal agreement w/Aron Baynes to sign C away from Spurs on three-year deal (player option after YR 2)

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 2, 2015

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