Detroit Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart on $64M extension: ‘It’s a blessing’

LAS VEGAS — After signing his rookie extension, Isaiah Stewart understands he’s still just getting started.

The 6-foot-8 big, now entering his fourth season, signed a four-year rookie extension worth up to $64 million on Monday. The contract is a testament not only to what he has accomplished over three seasons, but to what he and the Detroit Pistons believe he will be as the team tries to transition from rebuilding to contending.

Stewart is with the team in Las Vegas for Summer League, but he’s a veteran this time. He sat on the sidelines during the team’s first two games, applauding his teammates after good plays and screaming advice after mistakes. He is in the midst of an ongoing transition from center to power forward, but those developmental minutes will come over the course of the season, having graduated from the summer league phase of his career.

Detroit Pistons center Isaiah Stewart (28) dunks against the Phoenix Suns in the second half at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023.

The Free Press caught up with Stewart on Tuesday to discuss his new extension, first impressions of Ausar Thompson and Marcus Sasser and his goals for Year 4. The Q&A has been edited for length and clarity.

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