Pistons Exercise Options On Cade Cunningham, Others

The Pistons have exercised the third-year option on the contract of guard Cade Cunningham for the 2023-24, the team announced in a press release.Cade Cunningham

Along with that, they picked up the fourth-options on forward Saddiq Bey, center Isaiah Stewart and point guard Killian Hayes, also for 2023-24.

All the moves were considered a formality, given that all four had been playing on rookie deals.

Cunningham, of course, was the No. 1 overall pick in 2021, and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. He averaged 17.4 points, 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 64 games.

He played particularly well after the All-Star break, averaging 21.1 points and 6.5 assists in the final stretch of the season.

Stewart appeared in and started all 71 games last season, averaging 8.3 points and 8.7 boards, shooting 51 percent from the field. He will earn $5.2 million in his fourth season.

Bey also proved to be quite the find, averaging 16.1 points and 5.4 boards, starting all 82 games. He erupted for 51 points against the Magic in March. He is set to earn $4.5 million in his fourth season.

Hayes has proven to be a solid playmaker, albeit an inconsistent scorer. He appeared in 66 games last season, compiling averages of 6.6 points and 4.2 assists, and will earn $7.4 million in year four.

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