Portland, Oregon. – In the wake of an active NBA trade deadline, the Pistons began the process of removing contracts from their books to meet the required limit of 15 guaranteed players.
Detroit is waiving Killian Hayes and veteran guard Joe Harris, league sources confirmed to The Detroit News on Thursday.
The moves were first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Hayes, a 6-foot-5 guard, will be relieved of his duties in Detroit after what many would consider a disappointing three and a half years in the Motor City. He averaged 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 210 games over the past four seasons, but never established himself as the starting point guard the front office envisioned when he was selected with the seventh overall pick in the NBA Draft. of 2020.
Isaiah Stewart is the only player from Troy Weaver’s 2020 draft class to remain on the team. Former Pistons forward Saddiq Bey (19th overall pick) was traded to the Atlanta Hawks at last year’s trade deadline, while Saben Lee (38th overall pick in 2020) was traded to Utah before the start of the season. 2022-23 season.
Harris was acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, along with two second-round picks in exchange for offseason cash considerations. He, along with Monte Morris, were promising Pistons additions who provided a consistent scoring presence, but failed to stay on the court. Harris only appeared in 16 games this season due to injuries or healthy scratches. The sniper, who came in with one of the highest three-point percentages in NBA history, averaged 2.4 points and 33% from beyond the arc this season.
The Pistons are also expected to waive newly acquired guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Danuel House Jr., according to The Athletic.
Those four cuts would leave the Pistons with 15 guaranteed contracts, which meets the NBA’s legal limit.