Pistons could trade down with Rockets or maybe Bobcats

Chad Ford of ESPN revisited the possibility of trading down from No. 8 to get Houston’s 14th and 23rd picks, and he makes it sounds like a real offer, not just a possibility:

The Pistons, Bobcats, Bucks and Warriors are getting flooded with calls from teams looking to move into that range.

Among the teams that have made calls? The Rockets (who are offering picks Nos. 14 and 23), the Pacers (No. 15 and Brandon Rush), the Knicks (No. 17 and Toney Douglas) and the Spurs (George Hill).

The Pistons are seriously considering the Rockets’ offer — especially if Kawhi Leonard and Tristan Thompson are off the board. The target at No. 14?
Markieff Morris. Morris wowed the Pistons in a big workout Tuesday, and they feel he could still be on the board there.

Ford doesn’t mention the Pistons specifically in this next excerpt, but I wonder if they could get involved:

The Bobcats are in the most interesting situation. They are trying to package picks Nos. 9 and 19 to move up a few spots to get a shot at drafting Leonard.

Obviously, 9 and 19 are more appealing than 14 and 23. The Pistons, or someone, has been posturing that they like Kawhi Leonard. If they don’t, or at least not more than another player available when the No. 8 pick comes up, could the Pistons get another pick for dropping back one spot? That sounds pretty appealing to me.

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