A midseason trade partner for each Pistons player
Killian Hayes: San Antonio Spurs
Killian Hayes may have saved his career in Detroit with a strong training camp and preseason so far. With all of the injuries they’ve suffered, Hayes now looks like he’ll start the season in Monty Williams’ 10-man rotation. I hope so, as we’ve been cheering for Hayes to succeed and it looks like he’s put in the work to do so.
But if he ends up buried in the depth chart when Monte Morris returns, San Antonio would be the perfect spot for him. They need point guard depth and would have a meaningful role for him. The Spurs also have a couple of forwards that might interest Detroit.
Monte Morris: Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz have a couple of combo guards who fall into the “shoot first” category in Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton. They don’t really have a facilitator to run the show, so could come calling about Monte Morris, who has proven himself to be reliable. He could be a Mike Conley-light for the Jazz, who have a few players (Talen Horton-Tucker perhaps) who might interest the Pistons.
Jaden Ivey: Toronto Raptors
Coming into this offseason I would have bet heavily against Jaden Ivey being traded at any point this season. I would still bet against it but would temper that wager a bit after he was moved to the bench. We’ll have to see how things go with him and Cade Cunningham this season, but if it doesn’t work, Ivey will be the one shipped out. He’s arguably the Pistons’ best young asset in terms of guys they might actually be willing to trade, but it would likely take a star coming to Detroit for that to happen. If the Raptors decide their current core is not getting it done, they could pivot to a soft rebuild around OG Anunoby and Scottie Barnes and Ivey would be a nice get considering they currently have little depth at the guard spot after losing Fred VanVleet. With Pascal Siakam on an expiring deal, Toronto will be a team to watch all season.