A midseason trade partner for each Pistons player
Joe Harris: Houston Rockets
The Rockets were the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA last season and have done little to change that, as the additions of Fred VanVleet and Dillon Brooks aren’t going to help much. They were reportedly sniffing around Alec Burks, but the proposed trade made no sense for Detroit. It might make a bit more with Harris, who is unlikely to be a full-time part of the rotation this season. If Houston is within shouting distance of the play-in tournament at the deadline, they could look to add some additional shooting and Harris is one of the best shooters in NBA history, though he can’t do much else at this point. The questions are how the contracts would work and whether Houston has anything to swap for him.
Marvin Bagley III: Brooklyn Nets
The Nets have little big-man depth behind Nic Claxton, as they have just Day’Ron Sharpe and rookie Noah Clowney penciled in as their backup centers. MBIII has at least shown he can get buckets efficiently and the Nets could use a big man you can call plays for in the post from time to time. I’d love for Detroit to make a run at Dorian Finney-Smith, but he is probably out of their price range. Darius Bazley could be an interesting name to watch. But none of this will matter unless MBIII can stay healthy and produce, otherwise, he’s a $12.5 million sunk cost.
James Wiseman: Washington Wizards
This one makes so much sense I am ready to call it in now. The Wizards are rebuilding, have zero depth at center and could use a young guy with upside. Enter James Wiseman. They also have several players that could potentially help the Pistons in Deni Avdija, Corey Kispert and maybe even Patrick Baldwin Jr. The Wizards get to tank away while trying out a high-upside player. Sounds familiar. Wiseman’s ultimate role in the NBA might be to provide hope for crap teams.