NBA Trade Deadline 2020: Where things stand with Pistons
DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons are one of the busiest teams in the NBA ahead of the league’s trade deadline on Thursday.
The Pistons, who have been plagued by injuries all season, are on the outside of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, and are, by all appearances, looking to sell at the deadline.
The Pistons are reportedly looking to acquire first round picks and prospects in any deal, as they attempt to continue adding and developing young talent.
Here’s a roundup of Pistons trade rumors around the NBA:
ESPN’s Woj reported late last night that the Pistons and Phoenix Suns are discussing a trade involving Pistons shooting guard Luke Kennard.
“Detroit and Phoenix are discussing a deal centered on guard Luke Kennard, league sources tell ESPN. Suns’ first-round pick is in play," Woj tweeted.
Adding: “Possible package gaining traction for Kennard, per sources: Jevon Carter, Elie Okobo and a first-round pick. Suns imagine Kennard as a 30 minute-plus per game floor spacer to complement Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Jr., and Ricky Rubio.”
“Talks have gained traction, but there is no agreement in place,” Woj said.
Kennard has missed the last 22 games with bilateral knee tendinitis, but was shooting 40 percent from the three point line before the injury.
Trade rumors surround Pistons big man Andre Drummond have cooled a bit since January, but according to ESPN, the Pistons haven’t given up hope on moving Drummond before the deadline.
Drummond is expected to opt out and become a free agent at the end of this season.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe said: “The Pistons haven’t given up hope of moving Andre Drummond, but if they manage it -- far from a sure thing -- they will probably not get the return they envisioned, sources say. Drummond’s $28.7 million player option for next season has cooled the market, but talks aren’t completely dormant, sources say.”
Like the Drummond rumors, the Rose rumors have also cooled a bit.
Rose is having a resurgence with the Pistons this year -- and other teams have noticed. Rose could be a great addition to a contender looking to add point guard depth.
The Pistons would likely be seeking a first-round pick in return for Rose, who has another year on his deal.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported teams have inquired about two other Pistons assets - Christian Wood and Svi Mykhailiuk.
“I’d be surprised if they dealt Mykhailiuk for future assets. Detroit is thin in young perimeter talent, and Mykhailiuk -- shooting 43% from deep this season on heavy volume -- has been a pleasant surprise. Detroit holds a small team option on him for next season. The Pistons should keep him,” Lowe writes.
Lowe also said the Pistons could try to trade Markieff Morris for a draft pick.
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