Detroit Pistons: 10 worst trades in franchise history

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Detroit Pistons: 10 worst trades in franchise history

#8 Acquired Derrick Coleman and Amal McCaskill from Philadelphia in exchange for Corliss Williamson

If you don’t remember this deal, you’re better off. One ESPN headline read: Sixers unload Coleman on Detroit. That headline says it all. The Detroit Pistons wanted cap space, but things never seemed to pan out for Joe Dumars when acquiring cap space was his chief motive. Coleman, a born Detroiter, was a big deal for much of his career, but at this point he was washed whereas Corliss Williamson was an important contributor to our championship.

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#7 Acquired Marvin Bagley in exchange for Josh Jackson, Trey Lyles, and pick swaps

Bagley looked like a nice fit at the end of the 2021-22 season, although many felt he was re-signed for too much money in the offseason. The fit doesn’t seem so great anymore a mere year later. Since that time, Troy Weaver has brought both Jalen Duren and James Wiseman into the fold, which is to say nothing of Isaiah Stewart. Bagley has had trouble staying healthy this season, but he has also become a non-priority. Moving him will now require giving up another asset and keeping him will just be a constant reminder of the mistake in bringing him here in the first place. A strong case can be made that both Josh Jackson, although a somewhat redundant player with Hamidou Diallo aboard, and Trey Lyles are better fits for this roster.

#6 Acquired Kevin Porter from Washington Bullets in exchange for Dave Bing and a 1st round pick in 1977

Dave Bing was the face of the franchise. Whenever the hometown team trades away the face of the franchise, it’s a gut punch. His best days were behind him, sure. This would be the first of two stints in Detroit for Kevin Porter, and he was a good contributor in both instances – but he wasn’t Dave Bing. The draft pick would ultimately end up in the hands of the Atlanta Hawks and they used it on big man Tree Rollins. In a roundabout way, we deprived ourselves of Tree Rollins, who somehow managed to play NBA basketball until he was 39 years old.