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NBA: “Shooting is essential,” says Detroit GM to explain Hayes’ departure

Detroit had high hopes for Killian Hayes.

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NBA: “Shooting is essential,” says Detroit GM to explain Hayes’ departure

Detroit had high hopes for Killian Hayes. This is the reason why the Pistons and Troy Weaver selected him seventh overall in the 2020 Draft. Alas, the transplant never really took. Or rather, the 21-year-old French leader has never completely satisfied. This is why the Michigan club parted ways with it on Thursday, the day of the trade deadline. But precisely not as part of a trade: the former Cholet player was simply cut. End of contract, although he was supposed to be a restricted free agent this summer. “It was a question of numbers. With trades, we had to accommodate a certain number of players. There were a number of players we had to release, and Killian got caught up in that,” Weaver said, singing the praises of a “great young man and he's still only 22 years old. I hope he can continue his career,” explained the Pistons GM about Hayes, free of any commitment.

If it didn’t work in Detroit, it’s a matter of efficiency, as Troy Weaver said: “It never worked with his shooting. He can really defend and we've seen his playmaking ability, but if you're a guard in this league you have to make shots... That's ultimately why he hasn't had as much success that we hoped. Shooting is essential.” Killian Hayes averages 8.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals in his career (210 games, 26.1 mins/game). However, he only displays low percentages, with 38.2% on shots including 27.7 from long distance, with 2 turnovers per match.

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