With the trade deadline just a few days away, it’s been all quiet around the Detroit Pistons, who are biding their time to make a move, or not.
The same can’t be said about the rest of the NBA, which was rocked with the news that controversial superstar Kyrie Irving was dealt to the Dallas Mavericks for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 1st-round pick and two second-rounders.
It’s funny to see former Piston Dinwiddie as the centerpiece player in the deal, as the Detroit Pistons once traded him for Cameron Bairstow, ugh.
This move could be the first domino to fall at trade deadline and set off a flurry of moves, though it really doesn’t set the market for other players because Irving is a unique situation. He’s undoubtedly one of the most talented players in a league, but a lot of teams would want no part of his off-the-court drama, nor the fact that he has fallen out every place he has been so far, regardless of whether he is to blame.
But the trade will have an effect on future moves, including some that could involve the Detroit Pistons. With Irving off the market, Bojan Bogdanovic is now one of the top available trade targets, so what does this move mean for Detroit?
Detroit Pistons: One suitor down…
The Dallas Mavericks are one of many teams that was connected to Bojan Bogdanovic in trade rumors, but quickly pivoted when it was reported that Irving had demanded a trade out of Brooklyn.
The package they gave up to get Irving wasn’t significantly more in terms of draft assets than it would have been to land Bojan, so this was a no brainer. Luka Doncic wanted another star to play with and they got him one, though this could end up a being a “be careful what you wish for” situation for Luka and Dallas if it doesn’t work out.
But the big move likely takes one of the suitors for Bojan out of the mix, and with the Detroit Pistons already saying that they are going to keep him anyway, this move makes it even more likely that they do.