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Report: Pistons signing Mason Plumlee (three years, $25M), Jahlil Okafor

Nuggets center Mason Plumlee vs. Pistons

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 4: Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on February 4, 2019 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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An early contender for worst signing of free agency… Pistons with Mason Plumlee.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

In a league overstuffed with centers, Plumlee doesn’t shine. At 6-foot-11, Plumlee is an effective interior defender, and he moves well enough not to be an absolute liability on the perimeter. He’s also a solid passer for his position. But he doesn’t space the floor with shooting and is too prone to committing turnovers and fouling.

Jahlil Okafor, who surely came cheaper, is yet another limited center on a team that also drafted Isaiah Stewart No. 16.

Even if Detroit has no plans for Dewayne Dedmon (who could get re-traded) and Tony Bradley (who was the cost of getting the No. 38 pick), this is already pushing the limit on roster spots for centers – none of whom are that good.

The Pistons could still re-sign Christian Wood – yes, another center, but one with more talent – with the Early Bird Exception ($10 million). But he might get bigger offers elsewhere, and this suggests Detroit isn’t prioritizing him.