Detroit Pistons: 4 possible trade partners at the deadline

Cade Cunningham #2 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
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Alec Burks #5 of the Detroit Pistons drives to the basket while Jaden McDaniels #3 of the Minnesota Timberwolves defends (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Pistons have been a busy team at the last few trade deadlines, mostly as teams were sniffing around their veterans looking to bulk up for a run at the playoffs.

With so many expiring contracts this season, it’s very possible that the Pistons will once again be in thousands of trade rumors as the year progresses.

But this season, they are hoping to turn a corner, so instead of just being a talent feeder for contenders, the Detroit Pistons might actually make a move to improve their own roster at the trade deadline this season.

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A lot of things could happen between now and then, but it’s almost guaranteed that Detroit will be active in trades one way or another.

Here are four teams to watch whether Detroit is trying to upgrade their roster or sell off parts to the highest bidder.

Minnesota Timberwolves

I’ve written quite a lot about the Timberwolves as a potential trade partner this season, mostly because I really like Jaden McDaniels as a power forward. But Minnesota could have a lot of moving parts this season, especially if they decide to move on from Karl-Anthony Towns. He’s not a player I would necessarily want in Detroit, as he’s on an onerous contract, but the Pistons could certainly get involved in any big trade with all of their expiring deals and veteran shooters.

KAT is an interesting player, as he is probably still at top-25 guy and is only 27-years-old, but can he defend well enough on the perimeter to be a power forward? If he can’t make it work with one of the best defensive centers in the league, it’s hard to see how it would work in Detroit, but it’s going to take several teams to make that trade happen, so they are one to watch.

I’m counting down the days until the regular season, as McDaniels still hasn’t signed his rookie extension and if he doesn’t, he’ll be a free agent at the end of the season.