The Detroit Pistons are hoping things go differently this season and if everything breaks their way, they could climb out of the cellar and finally compete in the Eastern Conference.
If so, they could be buyers at the trade deadline, moving some of their assets to acquire a player to help them win.
Of course, they could easily start off slowly, fall way back and end up trading several of their expiring contracts at the deadline, which unfortunately has a higher likelihood than the first scenario.
Either way, the Detroit Pistons will likely be busy at the trade deadline again as a team looking to sell off its parts or add one for a run at the play-in tournament.
Here are some of the teams that might be sniffing around certain Pistons players at the deadline. For now I am leaving out Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren, Ausar Thompson and Isaiah Stewart, as it is difficult to see a scenario in which any of these players are traded.
Everyone else is up for grabs. I’m not saying any of these players will be traded, or that they should be, but there are teams out there that could use them.
A midseason trade partner for each Pistons player
Isaiah Livers: Shanghai Sharks
I don’t mean to be flippant here, but if Isaiah Livers doesn’t get healthy and prove he can be part of an NBA rotation for more than like 15 games at a time, his career in the NBA is not secure. It’s hard to imagine him being traded this season. If he is healthy, the Pistons can use him. If he is not, no one is going to trade for him anyway. This make-or-break season has had a nightmare start for Livers.
Marcus Sasser: Phoenix Suns
Sasser is another player who is not likely to be traded. The Pistons are high on him after trading up to get him, so the only way he is going anywhere is as a smaller part of a big trade. But just for the sake of argument, the Suns could definitely use a bench guard who can shoot and defend, as they currently have former Piston Saben Lee inked in as their third point guard.