Pistons, Cade Cunningham discussing 5-year, $226 million max rookie extension: sources

The Detroit Pistons and Cade Cunningham are discussing a five-year, $226 million maximum rookie extension that would be the most expensive contract in franchise history, league sources confirmed. Athletic on Sunday.

The deal is not finalized yet and it could take time to iron out the details, but both sides are optimistic that something will happen in the near future. Cunningham, the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, has been one of the few bright spots for an organization that has spent the last few years in the gutter.

The 22-year-old guard missed all but 12 games because of a calf injury and surgery, but returned for his third year and vastly improved his game, though he was playing on a 14-win team that did not suit his abilities.

Cunningham averaged 22.7 points, 7.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game, while increasing his field-goal percentage to 45 percent and 3-point percentage to 35 percent on high volume. These numbers were on par with Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic, who was named an All-Star.

Cunningham proved he is a guy for the future with his play last season and the leadership he showed despite playing in a struggling, rebuilding situation.

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