2020 NBA Draft: Should Detroit Pistons try for Boston’s triple play?

Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons Derrick Rose. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /
3 of 3
Detroit Pistons
Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Big trade: Rose and Griffin to Celtics

If the Pistons trade both Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin, it might be an ugly year in Detroit, unless the Pistons get a good player in return from Boston.

Gordon Hayward is a good player.

After Miami center Bam Adebayo ran roughshod over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, Boston is certainly looking to strengthen its front court.

Hayward has been injury-prone the past couple of years. But, when healthy, he is a former All-Star small forward and an outstanding outside shooter.

Contractually, he and Griffin virtually match salaries. A major difference is that Hayward’s contract runs out in 2021 while Griffin is owed almost $39 million for the 2021-22 season.

In terms of clearing out future cap space, swapping Hayward for Griffin is a no-brainer.

Griffin and Rose are popular with Pistons fans. Weaver would need to get a big haul for them to avoid a lot of flack.

So Weaver can play hard ball with Ainge, since he is making his team basically one of the favorites for the NBA tite.

Boston will need to throw in another of its promising young players who saw little court time last  year. Carsen Edwards, an electric 5-11 scorer in college at Purdue. He was the second pick in the second round of last year’s draft (which Boston acquired in another fleecing of Philly).

A pick swap of future of No. 1s is also in order because, why not ask?

It is a monster deal for Detroit. They would end up getting five young prospects, plus a decent center and All-Star forward that fill an immediate  need.

dark. Next. 2020 NBA Draft: LaVar Ball wants Detroit Pistons to take LaMelo

It would be in the each others interests for Boston and Detroit to come together for a draft day trade. It can be a quick easy swap of their first-round selections. Or it could be expanded where Boston adds some immediate help, and the Pistons stockpile more assets.

There are certainly some interesting conversations to have between Danny AInge and Troy Weaver.