The Detroit Pistons and big man Isaiah Stewart have agreed on a four-year, $64 million rookie extension, ESPN and The Detroit News reported Monday night
Stewart, 22, averaged career highs in minutes (28.3) and points (11.3) and posted a career-best 13 double-doubles. He also averaged 8.1 rebounds per game last season, his third in the NBA. He started 47 of 50 games before a shoulder injury in March cut his season short.
The Detroit News reported the first three years of the deal are guaranteed with a fourth-year team option.
According to ESPN, this would be the Pistons' first rookie extension since 2008 and the first under Tom Gores' ownership. Gores' private-equity firm bought the club in 2011 before he took sole possession of the team in 2015
Pistons general manager Troy Weaver and Stewart's agent, Drew Gross, hammered out the deal in Las Vegas during the NBA Summer League, ESPN reported
The Portland Trail Blazers drafted Stewart No. 16 overall out of Washington in 2020, but soon traded him to Detroit. Among other players drafted in 2020 who also signed rookie extensions this season are top pick Anthony Edwards (Minnesota), LaMelo Ball (Charlotte), Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana) and Desmond Bane (Memphis), though unlike Stewart's deal, those were all max rookie extensions.
--Field Level Media