Detroit Pistons: Could Brandon Clarke be a “buy low” trade target?

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Derrick Rose #25 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the basket on Brandon Clarke #15 of the Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Detroit Pistons will be scouring the NBA for low-cost role players who fit the mold of what they are building.

Troy Weaver is clearly trying to build a team of versatile defenders and it is working. The Pistons were the 10th best team in the NBA this season in points allowed, so their defense is well on its way to being very good.

The Pistons will never be a top free-agent destination, so they are going to have to build through the draft and savvy trades.

The Memphis Grizzlies are a team the Pistons can learn from in this regard, as they have built a young, playoff roster around Ja Morant and a bunch of versatile defenders and shooters.

Memphis has a young and deep team, but one guy who has been left out lately is forward Brandon Clarke.

Detroit Pistons: Trading for Brandon Clarke

The Pistons have done a great job the last few seasons of finding undervalued players that needed a change of scenery.

Josh Jackson, Delon Wright, Mason Plumlee and Frank Jackson all played well after getting a second chance in Detroit, who could do the same thing for Brandon Clarke.

Clarke is a talented forward but has a few glaring flaws. He is a good defender and a plus athlete with size, but his 3-point shot took a huge dip this season, going from 35 percent in his rookie year to 26 percent this year.

His overall numbers dipped to 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his second season, both down from last year.

This is the reason why he caught so many DNP’s in the playoffs, as the Grizzlies needed scoring and he wasn’t able to provide it.

If the Grizzlies decide to move Clarke in the offseason, the Detroit Pistons might have some interest, as he has upside and is on a low-cost deal.

But what would a trade look like?

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