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Report: Pistons waiving Joe Johnson, keeping Christian Wood

Detroit Pistons v Philadelphia 76ers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Joe Johnson #24 of the Detroit Pistons dribbles the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers in the third quarter of the preseason game at the Wells Fargo Center on October 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Pistons 106-86. 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. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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The Pistons faced one of the most fascinating battles for a final regular-season roster spot:

Joe Johnson, a seven-time All-Star with a $220,000 guarantee


Christian Wood, an unguaranteed minimum-salary player claimed on waivers

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This was the right call.

Wood has produced whenever given an opportunity – in the NBA’s minor league, with the 76ers, Hornets, Bucks and the Pistons in the preseason. He might even crack Detroit’s rotation as backup center. He at least threatens Thon Maker for minutes in that role.

Johnson looked like a 38-year-old who spent last season in a 3-on-3 league for retirees. The jury remains out on the Big3 sending a player back to the NBA. Johnson wanted to be that trendsetter, but he at least collects the $220,000.