POP Roundtable: The Langston Galloway Signing
The Detroit Pistons signed free agent Langston Galloway to a three-year $21 million deal on Saturday afternoon. Galloway has played for New York, New Orleans, and Sacramento in his short three-year NBA career. The Palace of Pistons staff gives their initial reactions to the signing.
Noah Lofman (@NoahLofman): I am incredibly happy with this signing. Galloway ranked in the 97th % on Synergy Defense and showed he’s a reliable three-point shooter as well. There have been some complaints in the past regarding Galloway’s willingness to distribute, but as a likely 3rd string option for the Pistons, Galloway’s defense and scoring outweigh his weaknesses. At 25 years old, Galloway is still quite young and has time to develop into an even better Point Guard. Additionally, Galloway can play on the wing as well. Detroit will likely lean on him in almost every game for contribution.
Aaron Johnson (@AJohnsonNBA): While it wasn’t the first move I expected the Pistons to make in free agency, I was pleasantly surprised by the Galloway signing. I’m huge on positional versatility, which Galloway possesses as a combo guard. He is a good three-point shooter, as he shot 39 percent from deep last season with the Pelicans and Kings. The money is what you would expect, although it puts Detroit in a tough situation, as they would have to move a contract such as Jon Leuer, to clear space to offer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a max contract. Overall it was a good signing that addresses multiple needs for Detroit in point-guard depth and shooting.
Zach Fosdick (@ZachFozz): As Langston Galloway fills a need for a third-string point guard and another shooter to the roster, I’m not a huge fan of the decision to pay him $7 million a year to be a guy who might not even see fifteen minutes of action every night. This move also puts them in a tough spot to re-sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as they need to shed more salary to be able to match a max offer sheet. Galloway shot 39 percent from three-point range in 2016-2017 but as far as his career goes, he’s only shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc. I think Galloway could develop into a nice piece for the Pistons, but I’d feel much better if a corresponding move is made that would free up opportunities and minutes for him.
JD Shaw of Def Pen Hoops(@JShawNBA): Detroit’s first signing of the free agency period was an underrated one. Inking Langston Galloway, a productive offensive player who can score inside and out, will solidify their backcourt behind Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, assuming Caldwell-Pope is retained. Galloway is 25 years old, less than two years older than Andre Drummond, and is signed for the next three seasons. Galloway hasn’t found his footing in the league just yet, but he’s an explosive player with high upside. He’ll need to continue work on his scoring inside the 3-point arc as time moves forward. Galloway was named to the All-Rookie Second Team as a member of the Knicks in 2015.
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