Detroit Pistons: The most pointless trade proposal so far
Mitchell and Hayes have similar strengths and weaknesses, so at best this trade is a wash and at worst it’s a huge ripoff.
Both Mitchell and Hayes have struggled offensively and neither has shot the ball particularly well. Mitchell is a good defender, but so is Hayes and Killian does just about everything else better.
He’s a much better playmaker, he’s three years younger and three inches taller than Mitchell, so Killian can defend more positions and provide more on the offensive end than an undersized combo guard who can play defense but not do much else.
Mitchell is already 25 years old and still somehow has less NBA experience than Hayes, though Davion was at least getting his 18 minutes per game last season on a playoff team while Hayes was playing for the worst team in the league.
Mitchell may be a tenacious defender, but his shooting splits aren’t much better than Hayes’, so the Pistons would be giving up the younger, higher-ceiling player in the deal for a guy who also probably wouldn’t crack their guard rotation. They already have a similar player in Marcus Sasser, who is a much better shooter than either of them, so why not just play him?
If the Detroit Pistons do end up trading Hayes for a similarly flawed player, it at least needs to be someone at a position of need, not another guard who won’t even make the rotation.
So this trade is pointless at best and awful for the Pistons at worst.