Detroit Pistons: Expectations for the trade deadline

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Dec 23, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Josh Jackson (20) shoots over Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) during the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Pistons: Questionable to trade- Sekou Doumbouya or Josh Jackson

Weaver had no hand in drafting Doumbouya to Detroit, which may be enough reason to believe he is being shopped. He hasn’t shown much progression to inspire optimism and it’s possible he is a better project for someone else to take on.

But he was drafted just outside the lottery and is still 20 years old. These Pistons especially can afford to wait on how he develops. He doesn’t have to match the Pascal Siakam comparisons foisted onto him at all, let alone this season, to be a solid role player.

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It’s fair to question how he fits into this team’s future when he seems on the outside looking in of the franchise’s “core”. But it’s a worthy investment since he would only be worth a middling return in a trade. How disappointing would it be if he was the Pistons’ next Spencer Dinwiddie or Khris Middleton?

Josh Jackson, on the other hand, has less benefit of the doubt. The fourth-year player is also young, but the book is out on his playstyle.

He is an active defender and an aggressive driver — sometimes too headstrong — on offense. For the Pistons, he has often been a much-needed spark plug when they start slow.

It is on Detroit to answer whether or not he can evolve into something more. If not, then any contending team like the Celtics or Sixers would be eager to add the wing depth he provides.