Pistons sign Mason Plumlee, Jahlil Okafor. Farewell to Christian Wood?


The Pistons have all the centers -- except for maybe Christian Wood.

In a surprising tandem of moves on the opening day of free agency, Detroit signed Mason Plumlee and Jahlil Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowkski.

Plumlee's deal is worth $25 million over three years, while Okafor gets a two-year deal for the veteran minimum -- about $1.8 million per year.

Troy Weaver and the Pistons have now added five centers in the past three days, drafting Isaiah Stewart No. 16 overall and trading for Tony Bradley and Dewayne Dedmon, in addition to Plumlee and Okafor.

The big question: what does this mean for Christian Wood? Barring a trade to shed salary, it doesn't look like the Pistons will have the cap space to re-sign one of their most talented young players.

Wood stormed onto the scene last season after the Andre Drummond trade afforded him a bigger role, and now he has several suitors in free agency. He's looking at a contract in the neighborhood of $15 million per year.

As things currently stand, the Pistons don't have the flexibility to offer Wood that kind of money. But Weaver could certainly have some more moves up his sleeve.

Either way, $8+ million per season is a lot of money for the 30-year-old Plumlee, who averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 boards over 61 games last season.

Okafor, on the other hand, is a low-risk move. The former third overall pick, who turns 25 in December, averaged 8.2 points in 30 games last season. He's been dogged by injuries throughout his career, but the upside's still there if he can stay healthy.