Detroit Pistons can do absolutely nothing at trade deadline, and it’s fine

Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kelly Olynyk, Detroit Pistons
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  1. No Brakes, but no hurry

It is not like the Detroit Pistons are on the clock to achieve immediate success, like a Brooklyn Nets or Los Angeles Lakers. They do not have to be in win-now mode.

All of its normal starters, with the exception of Jerami Grant, are 22-years-old or younger. Detroit’s top reserve, and current starter, Hamidou Diallo, is only 23.

None of the players on the roster, even the older ones, are demanding a trade or anything. If they all come back for another year in Detroit, they are good with it.

This is a team that will be a lot better in two or three years just by gaining experience, so there is no rush to get deals done.

The Pistons will be adding a top-end college talent (hopefully) and they have the cap space to bring in some free agents to help shore up the team’s weaknesses (which are … everything).

Detroit could simply ‘run it back’ with the core group and be fine next season. Purely on the experience gained by its younger players, the Pistons could make a run at the Play-in tournament next season.

You don’t think Cade Cunningham won’t be better after a full year in the NBA? Of course he will.

The Pistons future arc makes it easier for them to wait for the right offer. Grant, its most valuable asset, is not itching to leave. Neither are Kelly Olynyk or Cory Joseph, also veterans who could help a playoff team.

The fact Detroit has a crew of players not looking to leave is, refreshing, and also helpful.

Next. The Detroit Pistons trade deadline could be a wild one….or not. dark

With time on its side, additional cap space on the way and knowing its draft position, it really is OK if the Pistons do nothing before the trade deadline.