Dwane Casey says the Pistons didn’t have enough salary cap to re-sign Christian Wood

Nick Kipper
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Former Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood has gotten off to the best start of his career since being traded to the Houston Rockets in the offseason.

Pistons head coach Dwane Casey acknowledged on Thursday the reasoning behind the move that sent Wood to Houston.

Wood was signed by Houston in November to a three-year, $41 million contract after spending one full season with the Pistons in 2019-20.

He is averaging a career-high 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his first 12 games for the Rockets this season, significantly up from last season when he averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

An undrafted free agent who came into the league in 2015, Wood only started 12 out of 62 games during his lone season in Detroit.

The Pistons could have certainly used his length and scoring ability, as they’ve begun the season with an NBA-worst 3-11 record.

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Nick is a graduate of Michigan State University and current Los Angeles transplant. He’s a tortured Detroit sports fan who vividly remembers the days of the ’04 Pistons and 0-16 Lions. He’s a copy editor at FOX Sports and previously worked as a reporter at the Michigan Capitol.