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Pistons Legend Rasheed Wallace Backs Cade Cunningham’s Huge $224 Million Deal Comparisons to Scottie Pippen and Luka Doncic

Pistons Legend Rasheed Wallace Backs Cade Cunningham’s Huge 4 Million Deal Comparisons to Scottie Pippen and Luka Doncic

Cade Cunningham has failed to lead the Detroit Pistons to the playoffs in his three years in the Motor City. However, it seems the franchise has little to complain about in terms of his performances. The Pistons still seem confident in his abilities for the upcoming seasons, as evidenced by the 22-year-old’s recent contract extension. While many analysts and fans criticized the $224 million deal, former Detroit star Rasheed Wallace believes it’s the right move for the franchise.

Wallace shared his thoughts on Cunningham in the following post on X: “Cade Cunningham is worth EVERY penny…” He expressed that he liked the 22-year-old player as a big playmaker. “As we always say about Scottie… Ant Edwards, Luka, a lot of other forwards… he’s a playmaking forward. Yeah, he’s got the height for him.” “Rasheed Wallace also noted that Cunningham’s numbers are good enough to move forward with him. And he said that in addition to scoring goals, he is also starting to understand the game at a professional level.

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Cade, in particular, has played three seasons with the Pistons so far and has averaged a pretty impressive stat line. His performance last season has improved significantly from his rookie season. In the 2023-24 season, the Pistons guard is averaging 22.7 points per game, shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range.

On top of that, the 6’6 guard also produced 4.3 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. So it’s clear that Cade can do a little bit of everything like Doncic. But Luka is more refined now, while Cade is still in development. That makes it clear why the Pistons offered Cunningham a 5-year, $224 million max rookie extension.

The deal has been rumored for a while, but recently ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski officially confirmed it. According to the report, the deal could reach $269 million. Notably, the deal includes an elevator that would bump the deal up to 30% of the team’s salary cap if Cade makes the All-NBA team next season.

Pistons’ roster and salary cap after signing Cunningham and Tobias Harris

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According to reports, in addition to the extension with Cade, the Pistons have also added former star Tobias Harris to their roster. Specifically, Harris signed a two-year, $52 million deal with the franchise. Meanwhile, the Pistons also added Paul Reed to their roster after the 76ers released him. He will reunite with his Sixers teammate and sign a non-guaranteed $7.7 million contract with the franchise.

So it’s clear that the Pistons, who haven’t made the playoffs in the last five seasons, are now undergoing some sort of rebuild. According to an article by Bleacher Report, the roster will now look like this — Point Guard: Cade Cunningham/Marcus Sasser; Shooting Guard: Jaden Ivey/Malik Beasley; Small Forward: Ausar Thompson/Tim Hardaway Jr./Ron Holland II; Power Forward: Tobias Harris/Simone Fontecchio/Bobi Klintman; and Center: Jalen Duren/Isaiah Stewart/Paul Reed.

As for cap space, Spotrac notes that the Pistons have $135.3 million in cap space for the 2024-25 season. That leaves them with $5.2 million in cap space. As Rasheed Wallace noted, it’s understandable why Detroit extended Cade’s contract. Now we’ll see if the team can turn the tide in their favor by adding another veteran player like Harris to the mix.

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