Christian Wood set to become a free agent, but will he be back in Detroit?
Pistons F/C Christian Wood is set to become a free agent after the summer, and according to the Athletic, there’s about a 70% chance he remains in Detroit.
Wood provided NBA teams with a glimpse of what he was capable of in eight games with the Pelicans in 2018. He averaged 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game. Detroit signed him in the off-season, and before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wood was making a run at the “Most Improved Player” award. In 62 games, he was averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, one assist, and 0.9 blocks in just 21 minutes per game. But those numbers skyrocketed even more after the All-Star break, after the Pistons traded long-time C Andre Drummond to the Cavaliers. Since the All-Star break, Wood averaged 24 points and almost 10 boards per game. The thought here is that Detroit could make Wood a cornerstone of the team’s future, and that “Wood shows his appreciation to the franchise that gave him his first real opportunity.” He’ll be a hot commodity next year in fantasy leagues as a big man that can produce in multiple categories.