Detroit Pistons: Derrick Rose is gone. What’s next?

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #19 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball in front of Dennis Smith Jr. . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk #19 of the Detroit Pistons controls the ball in front of Dennis Smith Jr. . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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Detroit Pistons, Blake Griffin, Wayne Ellington
Blake Griffin #23 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates with Wayne Ellington (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Who will be traded next?

The next step is to start finding more trade partners for anyone who isn’t a rookie or named Sekou Doumbouya, Jerami Grant, or Josh Jackson.

Blake Griffin is the albatross that Detroit would love to unload. It will be difficult, which explains why Weaver is tightening the finances at every other position. There are a number of other Pistons who could and should be on the chopping block.

Offloading Wayne Ellington is the first priority. The veteran was a low-risk flier who has turned into one of the league’s best 3-point shooters this season. Even if it’s just for a 2nd-rounder, that’s a great ROI.

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Delon Wright, one of the best backup point guards on the market, could be next. He has an $8.5 million cap hit next season, but is only 28 years old and has provided solid minutes for Detroit.

Guard-needy teams like the Celtics and Clippers have both the financial flexibility, draft capital, and position-matchable players like Jeff Teague and Reggie Jackson (yes, that one) to deal.

Svi Mykhailiuk also poses an interesting decision for the Detroit office. He is only 23 and has a clear-cut role as a 3-point specialist. Normally, that would suggest he is a foundational piece in the rebuild.

But Mykhailiuk has struggled from deep this year, shooting just 31 percent compared to 40 percent last season. He will be a restricted free agent next season and could warrant a premium given the scarcity of elite shooting.

If Weaver is comfortable kicking the tires on Smith, then the same would apply for Mykhailiuk too. But it is fair to consider if there’s a buyer somewhere willing to pony up to add shooting depth.

As the offseason showed, all bets are off in terms of what the Pistons could do next. It remains to be seen for at least two years if they are playing chess or checkers. But one thing should be true: Detroit isn’t done dealing yet.

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