Detroit Pistons waive Dzanan Musa to finalize roster ahead of 2020-21 season

Detroit Free Press

Omari Sankofa II
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With the 2020-21 NBA season set to tip off on Dec. 22, the Detroit Pistons had until Monday to finalize their roster. They had 16 players under contract following their preseason finale against the Wizards, and NBA teams are only allowed to carry 15. 

To meet the roster limit, the Pistons waived Dzanan Musa on Sunday, a league source confirmed to the Free Press. The Pistons acquired Musa in November in a trade that sent Bruce Brown to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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Musa, a 6-foot-9 forward, was drafted 29th overall by the Nets in 2018. He appeared in 40 games last year, averaging 4.8 points while shooting 37.2% overall and 24.4% from the 3-point line. He had more success in the G League last season, averaging 19.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 12 games with the Long Island Nets. He made 41.2% of his 3s (21-for-51) and shot 51.7% overall. 

He appeared in only one preseason game for Detroit, playing the entire fourth quarter in Thursday’s victory against the Wizards. The rest of the roster, including two-way guard Saben Lee, appeared in at least three games. 

Musa is owed roughly $2 million this season. He had a team option worth $3.6 million for the 2021-22 season. 

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After waiving Musa, here’s what the depth chart could look like when the Pistons tip their season on the road against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday. 

Point guard: Killian Hayes, Derrick Rose, Saben Lee (two-way)

Shooting guard: Delon Wright, Svi Mykhailiuk, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder

Small forward: Jerami Grant, Josh Jackson, Saddiq Bey, Deividas Sirvydis

Power forward: Blake Griffin, Sekou Doumbouya

Center: Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor, Isaiah Stewart

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