Over the last few seasons, GM Troy Weaver of the Detroit Pistons has shown a fondness for high-ceiling busts who need a change of scenery.
This strategy brought Josh Jackson, Marvin Bagley III and Kevin Knox to Detroit and the results have been mixed so far. It makes sense, as teams that have a hard time drawing big name free agents have to try to find players in creative ways. Taking a low risk/high reward flyer on a guy with talent is one way to do it, and if it works out, it’s a huge win for the franchise who now has a productive player that they acquired for practically nothing.
The book is still out whether any of these moves have worked so far, with the Marvin Bagley III trade being the most successful.
There is a reportedly another former lottery pick available in Cam Reddish, who has been removed from the Knicks’ rotation and is apparently on the trade block according to Steve Popper who said New York is basically looking for another cheap player and a second-round pick as compensation.
The Detroit Pistons certainly have the players and picks to get Reddish, who has fallen out of favor with Tom Thibodeau and hasn’t played at all in the last four games.
Here’s a trade that satisfies the Knicks’ meager demands:
If this type of trade is available for the Detroit Pistons, should they jump at it?
Should the Detroit Pistons trade for Cam Reddish?
If the cost for Cam Reddish has dropped this far, the Detroit Pistons should jump at it. Reddish hasn’t been good this season, though he is shooting the highest field goal percentage of his career, but he plays a position of need and still has some untapped talent.
Reddish is a big wing with a seven-foot wingspan who entered the NBA as one of the top two-way forward prospects in his draft. At his best, he is an athletic and disruptive defender who can score in bunches and create off the bounce.
But the knocks against him have all been evident, as he doesn’t always play with a high motor or much intensity. He has a nonchalance about him that drives fans nuts and doesn’t win him any favor from his old school coach.
The question is whether his problems come down to attitude and opportunity or if he is a really a bust as the numbers suggest.
Either way, the Detroit Pistons have nothing to lose at this point, and who knows, a change in scenery and more opportunity might be just what he needs to get going. The Pistons defense is one of the worst in the NBA and they need more athleticism and length on the wing, which he could theoretically provide.
He’s another low risk/high reward flyer that the Detroit Pistons should consider while the price is at an all-time low.