It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for Troy Weaver and the Detroit Pistons, who haven’t made the big addition some fans were hoping for.
Hope is all you have when you are staring at a 17-win season, a young roster and a load of cap space, but the Pistons chose to make conservative trades for Joe Harris and Monte Morris instead.
Most of the league has been in a holding pattern this offseason after stars Damian Lillard and James Harden requested trades from their teams. The Harden drama has just gotten uglier, with both sides digging in, and Lillard’s request to only be traded to the Miami Heat has made things difficult for the Trail Blazers to get max value for their star.
Teams are waiting around in the possibility of trading for one of these two, or at least being a third or fourth team in the deal.
Things have ground to a halt, partially because of these potential trades, but there may be some new teams joining the fray.
Detroit Pistons: Mystery team in East pursuing Damian Lillard trade
According to Mark J. Spears of ESPN, Miami isn’t the only team trying to trade for Damian Lillard, and a “mystery” team that he declined to name, has emerged as a suitor.
I immediately had fans of the Detroit Pistons in my inbox and on my timeline suggesting that Detroit could be that mystery team.
Don’t hold your breath on that.
It’s difficult for me to envision a scenario in which Detroit trades for Damian Lillard, but I’ll play along and look at some of the challenges and benefits of such a move and whether the Detroit Pistons even have the assets to do it.