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Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo agreed to a two-year, $10.4 million deal to return to the club on Thursday. The 23-year-old averaged 11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and shot 46.8% from the field in 20 games with the Pistons after being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder last season. It'll be interesting to see if Diallo can elevate his game in an extra category or two, as he didn't crack 1.0 3PM, under 65% from the free throw line, or provide much on the defensive side of the ball. The Pistons also added the number overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft in Cade Cunningham, crowding the competition at the guard spots.
Free-agent guard Cory Joseph was re-signed by the Pistons on Thursday. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although it comes after the team recently waived him a few weeks ago. The veteran averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.5 boards throughout 63 games with Sacramento and Detroit last season. However, with Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham expected to play most of the minutes in the backcourt, Joseph has virtually no fantasy appeal at the moment. Nonetheless, if an injury occurs at some point during the year, he will likely pop up as a streaming option in fantasy leagues and as a value option in DFS formats.
Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (ankle) suffered an ankle injury during a scrimmage with the USA Select Team on Thursday. This sounds like a minor issue, but should conclude his stint at the mini-camp. The young big man showed impressive performances during the second half of the season. Sadly, Mason Plumlee is signed through 2023, which means Stewart will be handicapped. Stewart will be worth looking at as a stash option in case the Pistons are able to find a way to get him significant playing time.
Detroit Pistons small forward Saddiq Bey was the team's leading scorer in the final regular-season game on the year, finishing a 120-107 loss to Miami with 22 points on 7-for-21 shooting The 22-year-old took most of his shots from downtown, going 4-for-15 with the three-ball. He was 4-for-5 at the line with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Bay's efficiency was an issue throughout his rookie campaign, but it was a decent year overall for him with 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He logged over 50 starts in 70 appearances and the Pistons seem to have big plans with him.
Detroit Pistons rookie point guard Saben Lee had a strong all-around game in 29 minutes off the bench against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. Lee shot 7-for-9 from the field and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line. He dropped a team-high and a season-high 22 points while also adding five assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block. Lee hadn't been contributing much scoring lately. This was only the second time he's scored in double-digits since the start of April. His minutes have been inconsistent and somewhat based around which players the Pistons have had available, but he's generally been providing good assists when he's seen the floor. His next game will be on Friday against the Denver Nuggets.