Former No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham agrees to max rookie deal with Pistons

Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham has agreed to a five-year rookie contract extension worth up to $224 million. The contract could be worth as much as $269 million, his agents Jeff Schwartz and James Dunleavy of Excel Basketball told ESPN on Tuesday.

Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, could increase the deal to 30% of the team’s salary cap if he earns All-NBA honors next season, sources said.

Pistons president of basketball operations Trajan Langdon made extending Cunningham’s contract a priority when he took the job a few weeks ago and reached an agreement with Schwartz and Dunleavy on Tuesday.

After missing most of his sophomore season with a stress fracture in his left leg, Cunningham had an excellent 2023-24 season despite the Pistons’ historic losing streak, averaging 22.7 points, 7.5 assists and shooting 86.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The offense was led by Cunningham, who ranked in the top 10 in average touches, dribbles per touch, on-ball screens used and drives per game, according to Second Spectrum.

Cunningham gets his third coach in three seasons this year in JB Bickerstaff. He also played for Monty Williams and Dwane Casey.

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