During the ongoing series of 3-on-3 debates we’ve been having about the individual trade value of each member of the Pistons over the last week, I’ve become more skeptical that the Pistons will actually make a move at the deadline. There are few teams that are buyers and there are only a few Pistons that would seem to be enticing enough for other teams to go after. The guys at Hardwood Paroxysm recently had a roundtable on all things trade deadline and Noam Schiller thinks the Pistons could make a move though:
The Detroit Pistons have to be thinking about something, right? There’s no way things can go on like this. Greg Monroe is a monster in the making who needs two more years before he stops getting killed defensively, Rodney Stuckey has become underrated while working under a blanket of obscurity, Jonas Jerebko has hustled into each and every one of our hearts, and Brandon Knight will become a very good player when he stops being awful.
Other than that, though? Where does this roster begin and end? Why can’t Austin Daye make shots? Why is Damien Wilkins still in the league? Has anybody seen Ben Gordon since 2009? Is Jason Maxiell really the 5th best player on an NBA team? Joe Dumars has had some strong draft picks, but they’ve appeared too scarcely among a series of move too disastrous. This season is a unibrow-hopeful throwaway as is – might as well get started with the cleanup.
Honestly, I think the Pistons would love to rid themselves of a burdensome contract or three at the deadline, but I just don’t see it happening. Too many years left on most of those contracts and too much underperformance in most cases to justify taking those risks. But if a player is going to be traded, I think it will probably be Daye. He’s played poorly, but he’s still on his rookie deal and still has enough upside despite those struggles that another team may have some interest.