With the NBA Trade Deadline fast approaching, leaders of 30 franchises are busy making the necessary moves by February 9th. Of course, every team’s situation is different, and that’s why we wanted to create a specific deadline document with the franchise. Presentation issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we tell you everything. Detroit Pistons on the menu today.
PISTONS, GOOD DEADLINE BUYERS OR SELLERS?
You have the second worst record in the league. Your number one sophomore, who you have to build your future around, has been in the hospital all season. So it’s pretty obvious that you’re not going to go to All-Star for a play-in tournament. Their next major recruit, the Pistons are hoping to get him first and foremost with the highest possible pick (Victor Wembanyama) in the next Draft.
This naturally makes the Pistons sellers at the next trade deadline, but with a purpose bring back first-round picks. Looking for a veteran performer to bolster your lineup for the regular season and postseason? Give us draft picks! Want to get rid of your rotten contract that is weighing on your finances and preventing you from being more competitive? Give us draft picks! That, not surprisingly, should be the mantra of the Motor City board in the coming weeks.
However, given the large number of young players that have been acquired over the past few years, the Pistons are now looking to take the next step in their rebuilding process. That means they are looking to have some veterans in their lineup to help the youngsters step up. So Detroit, who hasn’t said they’ve decided to sell all the old ones at the deadline, will be demanding in negotiations.
TRANSFERABLE PISTON PLAYER(S).
“6’7″ HURU FROM CROATIA, NUMBER 44, BOJAAAAN BOGDANOVIIIIIIC!” In a few weeks, when the five majors are introduced, the announcement is likely to resonate elsewhere than at Little Caesars Arena. Bojan Bogdanovic Despite the facade statements of the Pistons board, Detroit is the most obvious candidate to leave. How could it be otherwise? The nearly 34-year-old Croatian is coming off a career-best scoring season (21.5 ppg on 49% shooting overall) and has all the experience to interest aspiring teams. Its management has also understood this and does not hesitate to raise the stake. Top request from Troy Weaver: divine surprise from the first draft round!
🚨 Minimum price to recover Bojan Bogdanovic: 1 first round of the Unprotected Draft.
Detroit continues to argue that it doesn’t need to trade the Croatian sniper, but its ears remain open.
If a good offer comes, Bogdanovic will start in Detroit. pic.twitter.com/hNlwdnYyRb
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) January 16, 2023
With Dwane Casey in the role of teacher, ATSEM’s mission in the kindergarten classroom ends on February 9, not just for friend Bogey. In the category of veterans who can pass through the airport soon, Nerlens Noel and Alec Burks. The perimeter defense of the former, as well as the outside shooting of the latter, combined with their experience, have enough to make more than one contender for the Playoffs. Both players also have a team option for the 2023-24 season, and the flexibility inherent in their situation could be an argument for any team looking to keep them in their squad.
Even more surprising is the fact that it is in the rumors Saddiq Bey. The 23-year-old is off to a strong start to his career at Michigan and, on paper, would fit right in with Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey in the franchise’s long-term draft. However, the production on both sides of the former Villanova field has caught the attention of some big names looking to step up on the wings. Despite this, Troy Weaver is passionate about his Cubs and will only start discussions if there is a truly significant offer, including, of course, all in chorus – draft picks!
PLAYERS RELATED TO THE PISTONS
If you haven’t read this article diagonally, you should be able to start to understand what the mood is in Eminem’s hometown: if the trade goes through, the Pistons will be mostly interested in draft picks. Whether it’s picking up future players yourself or serving as an asset in a trade to bolster the workforce, draft picks are always useful items for any team in a rebuild. Pistons are clearly no exception to the rule.
How about level players? It’s simple, almost no buzz in the small world of the Major Leagues is of interest to the Michigan franchise for any player approaching the deadline. After that, that doesn’t mean the Motor City board isn’t studying any profiles right now. But the boys in question are more likely to be called Victor VembanyamaScoot Henderson, Cam Whitmore or Nick Smith Jr.