"We’re really happy to add these two guys to our roster," Stan Van Gundy said during Monday's news conference. David Guralnick, The Detroit News
Auburn Hills — The Pistons had been watching Langston Galloway and Eric Moreland for a couple years, but the timing just wasn’t right.
Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower spoke of the pursuit as Galloway and Moreland, their two free-agent acquisitions, were introduced Monday afternoon at the practice facility.
“Langston Galloway has been a guy that Jeff and I have had an interest in virtually from the time we got here,” Van Gundy said. “When he was in New York and this year, when he was in New Orleans and Sacramento, we’ve made inquiries about trying to get him. It’s been a long process for us to try to bring Langston here.”
Galloway agreed to a contract last week, reportedly for three years and $21 million. He’s projected to be the third point guard behind Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith and also likely will see significant time as a reserve shooting guard.
His ability to play both positions was one of the bigger benefits, as the Pistons had identified a need and were looking at two players to fill the void.
Getting Galloway, 6-foot-2, made it an easier task, a two-for-one.
“When we started in the summer and sat down with our scouts and front-office staff, we talked about trying to add three things on the perimeter,” Van Gundy said. “We wanted great competitiveness and toughness, improved 3-point shooting and we wanted more guys on the team that were capable of handling the ball and making plays.
“Langston checked all three boxes, plus the ability to play both guard positions.”
Langston Galloway and Eric Moreland, the two newest Pistons, talk about the opportunity to play in Detroit. David Guralnick, The Detroit News
With Friday’s trade and getting Avery Bradley from the Boston Celtics, the Pistons also got a big-time shooting guard, who can bolster their backcourt. Galloway is protection in case Jackson has more knee tendinitis issues but with his 3-point shooting, also can keep defenses honest and create shots off the dribble.
“The thing is we were looking to balance things. His role is probably more geared to the off-guard, the flexibility of using elements from each position is something that we like as well,” Bower said, “to have point guards and off guards that can all pass, shoot and make decisions and create off of pick-and-roll gives us an added element of versatility and rather than segment his game into spots, we’re looking to see how much it can expand.”
Moreland’s skills also are a good fit. He can guard both power forwards and centers and played his way to a roster spot with his production last week at the Orlando Summer League.
“He’s a guy whose name has come up with us from the time we got here. He’s just continued to get better. We brought Eric into our free-agent camp in June,” Van Gundy said. “At that time, we thought he’d be a guy who would be great on one of the new two-way contracts but when we brought him down to summer league, he played himself way past that.
“Through four practices in free-agent camp, seven practices and five games in Orlando, he played at a high level all the way through.”
Moreland, at 6-foot-10, adds versatility as the third center, but could play against more athletic bigs, complementing Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic.
After shoulder and foot injuries sidelined Moreland for his first two seasons, he’s just happy to be healthy and ready to make the roster, with the faith that Van Gundy and Bower have in him.
“He and Jeff have been high on me and I appreciate the opportunity. I want to become a tool for them to use on the court and help the team as much as possible,” Moreland said. “It’s an extreme honor and he’s had a history or developing big men.”