The Pacers are a team for the Pistons to monitor at trade deadline

Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons(Photo by Leon Halip/Leon Halip)
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The Detroit Pistons as the 3rd team in a trade

The Pistons might not have the types of assets the Pacers are looking for in a trade for Myles Turner, but they do have one thing that will be necessary, which is a big contract.

If a contending team was hoping to get Sabonis and didn’t have the right contract to get it done, Detroit could step in as the 3rd team and help grease the wheels financially.

They not only have Jerami Grant, but Kelly Olynyk, Josh Jackson, Trey Lyles, Rodney McGruder or Cory Joseph, whose contracts could be used to help facilitate a deal in exchange for draft assets or younger players.

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This is probably not the most exciting option for Pistons’ fans, but if the big deal for Jerami Grant isn’t there, the Pistons will probably settle for a low-level trade involving one of their other veterans.

With Indiana one of the teams that could be most active, I could definitely see Detroit getting involved mostly as a financial partner who could then reap the reward of future cap space or a young prospect player.

The trade deadline is mercifully nearly here, so all of the speculation will end soon, but the Pacers are a team to keep an eye on over the next few days.

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