Detroit Pistons finalizing roster after active week of moves, waive center Dewayne Dedmon

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Omari Sankofa II
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Four days after acquiring him in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, the Detroit Pistons have waived center Dewayne Dedmon, a league source confirmed to the Free Press.

It’s the first of what will likely be several moves intended to pare the size of the roster down and maneuver under the salary cap, following an active week of trades, signings and drafting. 

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The Pistons traded Tony Snell and Khyri Thomas, one of their two second-round picks in 2018, for Dedmon, who has two years and $26.6 million remaining on his contract. However, only $1 million of his contract is guaranteed during the 2021-22 season.

There are now three centers on the ever-fluctuating roster: free-agent signees Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor and first-round draft pick Isaiah Stewart.

The Pistons will reportedly use the stretch provision on Dedmon, which will allow them to stretch his guaranteed money over the next five seasons. Doing so will allow them to complete the numerous free agency signings they made last week. Dedmon’s cap hit through the next five years will be around $2.9 million per season. 

If the stretch provision sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same provision the Pistons used on Josh Smith five years ago. 

Detroit will also reportedly waive guard Zhaire Smith, who they acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. 

The Athletic Detroit initially reported that the Pistons are waiving Dedmon.

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