Cade Cunningham and Detroit Pistons agree to contract extension: Reports

Basketball: Sources claim that Cade Cunningham and Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement on a five-year deal extension for at least $224 million.

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Sources claim that Cade Cunningham and Detroit Pistons have reached an agreement on a five-year deal extension for at least $224 million. Cunningham is eligible for a supermax contract, the deal could be worth close to $270 million because the club has not yet made the announcement.

Detroit Pistons chose Cunningham first overall in 2021, and the former Oklahoma State standout has had individual success despite the struggles of a three-time NBA champion organization. Throughout his career, the 6-foot-6 point guard has averaged 20 points, 6.5 assists, and five rebounds, including an injury-shortened second season. 

The Pistons want to include Cunningham in their next rebuilding effort, which will be managed by new president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon and coach J.B. Bickerstaff. After finishing with the league's poorest record for the second consecutive year, Detroit dismissed general manager Troy Weaver after a four-year losing streak and coach Monty Williams after only one season.

istons have not won a playoff game since longtime

Langdon has been active, attempting to surround Cunningham with outside shooters as part of a critically needed talent infusion. He signed former Pistons forward Tobias Harris to a two-year, $52 million contract, acquired Tim Hardaway Jr. from Dallas in a trade, extended a qualifying offer to Simone Fontecchio, and selected Ron Holland of the G League Ignite with the fifth overall choice.

The Pistons have not won a playoff game since 2008, when they reached the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth consecutive year, and have finished last in the Central Division the previous four seasons. Cunningham, who hails from Arlington, Texas, has done his share by producing in two of his three years.

In his second season, he was limited to 12 games due to a stress fracture in his left leg. He recovered well enough from the injuries to average 22.7 points and 7.5 rebounds last season, with 4.3 rebounds per game. Cunningham was unanimously selected to the 2022 NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 17.4 points, 5.6 assists, and 5.5 rebounds.

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