Detroit Pistons: The draft pick the Pistons should target in a trade

Mason Plumlee #24 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Mason Plumlee #24 of the Detroit Pistons blocks the shot of Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Trading Mason Plumlee to the Warriors

We identified the Golden State Warriors as one of the teams that might be interested in trading for Mason Plumlee.

But would they move off this potentially valuable Minnesota pick to do it? Probably not.

Plumlee would be a nice addition to the Warriors if they are desperate to win now, as he can rebound, pass and would fit in well with their offense.

He is also on a team-friendly contract that wouldn’t hurt the Warriors’ future cap space, so they might have some interest, especially with the injury problems Kevon Looney and James Wiseman have had this season.

The Pistons adding a sweetener of two first round picks might help, especially because they are far enough down the line that the Warriors may be in a rebuild themselves.

Wiseman will be good by then and the Warriors would have Detroit’s 2023 and 2025 picks as long as it lands in the top-16. Obviously there would have to be some protections for the Warriors so that they could kick that pick down the road if they didn’t like where it was.

It would still be a hard sell, as the Minny pick is almost guaranteed to be in the top-five and would give the Warriors a valuable trade chip. Would the Detroit Pistons throw in a second 1st-round pick?

Possibly, as you can only have so many young players and Detroit already has plenty. But for the chance to have two top-five picks in this draft? It might be worth it.