The Detroit Pistons made their only move just minutes before the trade deadline, sending Saddiq Bey and Kevin Knox to the Warriors in exchange for James Wiseman.
Some fans were shocked that Bey was moved, but shouldn’t have been, as it was something that was discussed for weeks and heading into the deadline it looked as though he was the most likely to be traded if the Pistons did make a move.
What was somewhat surprising was the return, as most thought Detroit would be seeking draft compensation when they moved Bey, but instead took a flyer on James Wiseman, which sent Pistons’ Twitter into a full-blown meltdown.
The not-so-measured takes were flying last night and I saw everything from demanding Troy Weaver be fired to people upset that they bought a teal Saddiq Bey jersey at the beginning of the season.
Even after sleeping on it, I don’t have a hot take or strong opinion about this move, as I don’t think it really changes much for the Detroit Pistons. It’s not like they traded an All-NBA talent or got one in return, so in the end, their future will be determined by what happens in the NBA Draft lottery and in free agency, not by this trade.
I can see why fans are upset, but I also saw myriad problems with Saddiq Bey, so I may be riding the fence here but I don’t think this move is going to make or break Troy Weaver’s time in Detroit. The Detroit Pistons were a rebuilding team hoping for lottery luck and the right free agents before, and they still are.
But I will try to break down why this was a good move for the Pistons and why it wasn’t.