The blockbuster trade that makes no sense for the Pistons

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Pascal Siakam #43 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons: Why trading for Pascal Siakam makes no sense

While Siakam may be a star, is he the right one for Detroit? They are likely only going to get one shot at this in the next couple of seasons, and if Troy Weaver is going to shake up his young core, he needs to be sure to get it right.

Toronto has not yet indicated that they are up for trading Siakam, which is one place to start, and if they do, they are likely to be looking for a massive trade package that would almost certainly have to include one or more of Jaden Ivey and/or Jalen Duren. While neither of those guys may ever reach Siakam’s level, it’s way too early to know.

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There’s also the pesky fact that Siakam is going to be an unrestricted free agent after next season and has indicated that he has every intention of exploring the market. Detroit could feasibly give up a very good young player or two just for a one-year rental and then watch Siakam go off to LA or wherever.

If they did take that risk, Siakam and Cade Cunningham would then be the focus of the team, but the two aren’t a great fit, as both like to operate in the same areas and neither of them (yet) are great 3-point shooters. Toronto had trouble finding spacing with Siakam last season and Detroit might find themselves in a similar situation.

Siakam is an excellent player, but Detroit needs someone who will commit to them long term and who is a clear fit with Cade Cunningham if they are going to make a big move that involves any of their young core.

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