Detroit Pistons: Is Delon Wright part of the future or trade bait?

Delon Wright #55 of the Detroit Pistons . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Delon Wright #55 of the Detroit Pistons . (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /
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Aug 25, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delon Wright (55) shoots against LA Clippers forward JaMychal Green (4)Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Are the Detroit Pistons right if Delon Wright returns?

With two very young point guards in Saben Lee and Killian Hayes, plus the future of Dennis Smith Jr. up in the air after the season (he is a restricted free agent), it would not be a shock if the Detroit Pistons keep Wright past the trade deadline.

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Wright knows Casey’s system, and that will be invaluable experience to pass on to the other guards. Also, Wright is, flat-out, a good player. Unless, Detroit GM Troy Weaver is given a good offer, there is no good reason to trade him, just to trade him.

The fact Wright can play shooting guard gives Casey a lot of versatility in using him. Wright started at shooting guard at the start of the season, as a way to help Hayes with the ballhandling duties.

And the Pistons can certainly use Wright when he is healthy enough to return. Lee is on a two-way contract, so he can not play in all the games and Hayes won’t be back until the end of the season, at best.

Importantly, Wright has indicated he likes Detroit and is not looking to go elsewhere. He said when he was traded for that he had considered the Pistons as a destination before he was traded to the Mavericks a year earlier.

He is going to be 29 in April, not a kid, but not over the hill, either. With Josh Jackson seemingly settling in a 6th-man role, Wright could still be the starting two-guard next year, with the return of Hayes.

Wright gives you a lot of options in a lineup and with a Pistons roster full of young players still searching for their role, there are worst things than keeping him around.

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Of course, if Detroit does get Cade Cunningham in the NBA draft, a similar type of player to Wright (except a lot better), they should have no problem finding Wright a new home.

The bottom line is, when a player is doing well on the court, other teams are going to be interested. How interested will determine how long Delon Wright stays in Detroit.