4 thoughts regarding the Detroit Pistons and 2020 NBA trade deadline

Detroit Pistons Luke Kennard. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Luke Kennard. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons Luke Kennard. (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images) /

1. Detroit has plenty of options

Trading away each rumored player is a tough feat with a clock ticking down from a day and change left before the buzzer. If the Pistons find a way to clear a roster spot, they can use a $9 million disabled player exception to acquire someone or take on a contract in order to obtain a draft pick.

But it’s also going to be difficult to trade five players that have all been rumored at some point this season. Of the aforementioned players, it isn’t a bad thing to keep veterans around to mentor an incredibly young roster. Someone has to be around to mentor Sekou Doumbouya — the NBA’s youngest player.

Not only are there possibilities to trade them, but the Pistons can tactically trade them. At last year’s deadline — the first for senior advisor Ed Stefanski and coach Dwane Casey in Detroit — they dealt Stanley Johnson in a three-team deal that landed Thon Maker in the Motor City. The Pistons finished the season without a small forward on the roster as a result.

opinion. 3 reasons the Pistons shouldn't trade Kennard. light

Among the options is dealing Kennard to the Suns for some package of Elie Okobo, the Suns’ 2020 first-round pick and a Jevon Carter. It’s possible that those talks have since subsided or started a bidding war that’s overshadowed by the blockbuster.

If Kennard does get traded, there has to be some value in future assets coming back. He’s owed big money soon and trading him now may maximize his value before the Pistons, or another team, have to pay him millions each year. It’s a mistake that some say the Pistons made with Drummond by not trading him sooner.

By trading Kennard, it signals that Doumbouya is the future of the franchise. Obtaining draft picks may be the best course of action to fit around Griffin and whoever the Pistons could sign in free agency or acquire through a trade