Detroit Pistons: Trade of Saddiq Bey to the New York Knicks
Saddiq Bey has regressed somewhat this season, but could thrive in the right situation, as he is being asked to do a lot for this young Pistons’ team and would be better off with a veteran squad where he had a more defined role.
The Detroit Pistons aren’t going to move him just to make a deal, but if they do, they’d likely be looking for a young player to match salary or one of the Knicks’ many first-round picks.
Quentin Grimes is one name that immediately pops up, as the salaries match and he could help the Pistons’ porous defense. This would really be a lateral move for both teams, and the Knicks may be more comfortable giving up one of their draft picks than a guy currently playing 30 minutes a night in their rotation.
Grimes is also younger and under team control for an extra season. Here is a deal that nets the Detroit Pistons a first-round pick without the Knicks having to disrupt their rotation:
The Knicks have three first-round picks in 2023, four if you count the one the Pistons owe them, though that is not going to convey this season. In this trade, they give up what is likely to be the worst of them, as they also have their own pick as well as one from Washington.
The Knicks are unlikely to add three young players in the upcoming draft and this would be a way for them to get a known commodity while still leaving themselves the better two picks. The Dallas pick would currently be around the 17th, close to where Bey was selected by the Detroit Pistons in 2020.
The deal makes sense for the Knicks, as Reddish is on an expiring deal, not part of the rotation or the future plans. But what about the Pistons?