With the Detroit Pistons currently sitting at 11-17 a third of the way through the 2019-20 NBA season, everyone is wondering what direction this team needs to go in: should they rebuild or re-tool?
With Andre Drummond more than likely opt out of his player option this offseason, the 26-year-old NBA veteran is going to command the biggest contract deal of his career. Drummond is currently looking like he is going to make his third NBA All-Star team after having a career year so far, averaging 17.7 points, 16.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just under 34 minutes a game.
Even though Andre is having a very impressive season, the market for him is not as high as people would suspect, as teams around the league are being reluctant to give Detroit any future assets in a trade for Drummond, unless he is committed to re-signing with them.
One team rumored to be in the Drummond sweepstakes is the Charlotte Hornets.
Charlotte is the only team anyone has heard of being interested in Drummond via trade or free agency. However, the only way I see Detroit pulling a trigger on a Drummond deal is because they are ready to hit the rebuild button.
What a potential trade would look like:
With Drummond making a whopping $27.1 million dollars this year, there is not a whole lot that Detroit could get back from the Hornets, if they do not want to give up future assets. If a deal were to happen, I see something in the works of:
DET receives: Marvin Williams, Cody Zeller, Dwayne Bacon, 2020 first-round pick (top 10 protected), 2020 second-round pick (via BOS)
CHA receives: Andre Drummond, Thon Maker, 2021 second-round pick (via LAL), 2023 first-round pick
Detroit also has another player on their roster with some trade value: shooting guard Langston Galloway. Galloway is having what might be the best season of his career. Galloway is touting averages of 11.8 points per game on career-high shooting splits of 44.2 percent from the floor, 42.2 percent from three and 90.4 percent from the free-throw line and an effective field goal percentage of 58.2 percent.
With Galloway shooting as efficient as he is, he could offer a title contender extra shooting for cheap.
One playoff team that comes to mind is the Boston Celtics. The Celtics could use some extra scoring off the bench to go alongside Marcus Smart and Galloway could do that for them.
A potential trade I see:
DET receives: Romeo Langford, Carsen Edwards, 2020 second-round pick (via ATL)
BOS receives: Langston Galloway, Tim Frazier
With Galloway’s deal expiring, Detroit can move on from him and get two young prospects in Langford and Edwards.
If Detroit decides that they would rather re-tool than rebuild, they would be best trying to move expiring deals to get guys on two to three-year deals that could contribute for the rest of the year, as well as the future.
The first person who needs to get moved in a re-tool is clearly Reggie Jackson. However, due to Jackson’s injuries, his trade value is extremely low, so Detroit is better set on just riding out the season with Jackson on the roster.
There is one NBA player who has a playoff pedigree that is currently away from his team awaiting a trade, and that is Andre Iguodala. Iggy could help bring that championship mentality to Detroit, being that he has three NBA titles to his name, along with a Finals MVP.
A trade that could happen looks like:
DET receives: Andre Iguodala, De’Anthony Melton
MEM receives: Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier, 2022 first-round pick
Another trade that gets rid of Jackson is:
DET receives: Andre Iguodala, Tyus Jones
MEM receives: Reggie Jackson, Thon Maker, 2023 first-round pick
Both of these moves help Detroit garnish a savvy veteran that can help Detroit in a playoff push if they choose to take that route. The only thing that Detroit would have to give up in a deal for Iguodala is a first-rounder, as Memphis is expecting one.
One final deal that could help the Pistons re-tool is to bring back Marcus Morris, twin brother of Pistons forward Markieff Morris. Although Morris is only on a one year deal in New York, Detroit would possibly be able to retain him at a cheaper rate so that he can stay with his brother. The Knicks are clearly in a rebuilding state and are looking to stockpile picks. I could see the Pistons sending them a package to get Morris back in Detroit.
A possible trade could be:
DET receives: Marcus Morris, Damyean Dotson
NYK receives: Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Khyri Thomas, 2021 first-round pick (top-five protected), 2023 second-round pick (via Portland)
By bringing Morris back to Detroit, the Pistons give themselves a gritty forward who can log big minutes at both the three and the four, as well as knock down the three ball, something he has done at a 47.7 percent clip this season.
It’s going to be an interesting couple of months leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Pistons fans far and wide are going to be tuning in to see whether Detroit is going to be buying or selling, especially with the record that they have right now.
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