With just one day before the NBA trade deadline, the Detroit Pistons have still been quiet, but we all know that could change quickly.
The Pistons have been mentioned in myriad rumors, though those have cooled since Bojan Bogdanovic revealed the team told him he was part of their future plans, which include being “great next year.”
But to really reach that goal, the Pistons are going to have to get lucky in the draft, add some impact free agents or make a big trade to add talent, as the back half of their roster is currently populated by wasted spots.
Recently, a new name has surfaced on the trade market in the form of Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics. According to insider Keith Smith, Williams is seeking a bigger role and a big payday at the end of the season, though it hasn’t affected his performance as one of Boston’s key role players.
Williams will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and is reportedly seeking a new deal that will pay him in the $18 to 20 million range per season. He’s a guy we’ve written about as a possibility in the past, as he is a tough player who can defend multiple positions and has shot over 40 percent from 3-point range over the last two seasons.
Williams has proven he can be an impact role player on a good team, but as a starter making $20 million a year, the returns are less certain. He’s also very similar to Saddiq Bey, who has recently been connected in rumors with the New York Knicks.
The other issue is Williams’ pending free agency, which begs the question of whether the Detroit Pistons should make a move for him now or just wait it out if they have any interest in the Boston forward.