No. 2 reason: Victor Wembenyama or Scoot Henderson would look good in teal
The Detroit Pistons already are a young team, with 11 players who are 24-years-old or younger currently on the roster. The time is not now for them, so why not add another stud from what is suppose to be a deep draft.
Everyone knows about Wembenyama, but guard Scoot Henderson would be a great consolation prize with the No. 2 pick. Duke’s Dariq Whitehead would be fine as well at No. 3.
If the Pistons are not going to make the playoffs, why not try for a high draft pick? Tank? Do you need to even go through the motions of tanking, isn’t having Russell Westbrook playing on your team enough?
With the Westbrook trade, the Pistons will be so young, it is hard to see how they contend for the playoffs. But, that might be exactly what general manager Troy Weaver wants.
Let the kids play, take another shot at the draft lottery. Although Detroit and the lottery balls have not been very friendly (except for two years ago), why not give it a shot?
No. 1: A perfect one year rental (and think of the cap space!)
People act like Russell Westbrook can no longer walk and chew gum on a court. Yes, he is going to be 34-years-old by the end of the year, but Chris Paul is five years older and still an effective player.
He isn’t Jalen Duren’s age but Westbrook is not like that old.
And for all the heat he took for the Lakers downturn, Westbrook’s stats were pretty good.
If you were told an NBA player averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists, would you call him a failure? And remember, Westbrook played in a system he was ill-fitted for, not to mention LeBron James and Anthony Davis were in and out of the lineup, destroying any chance at developing chemistry.
Lakers owner Jeannie Buss has stated Westbrook was the Lakers best player last year.
Westbrook and Cade Cunningham would be a fun backcourt to watch, the speedy Russ and the crafty Cade. Would certainly makes things interesting at Little Caesars Arena.
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And remember, it is just for one year.
At the end of the season, Westbrook’s contract expires and his $47 million is wiped off the books, leaving Detroit a Grand Canyon sized chasm of salary cap space to spend.
Cade Cunningham getting to play with one of the top guards to ever play the game (Westbrook is part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary team) would be a great experience. Westbrook’s game should fit well with Cunningham, as they have different strengths.
While the knee-jerk reaction to trading for Russell Westbrook is ‘Please no’, there are a lot of positives. That Westbrook would be a perfect fit (for one year) with Cade Cunningham is one of them..