The Detroit Pistons have gotten off to a good start despite missing three rotation players to begin the season.
Their young guys have stepped up, led by Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren and Ausar Thompson who have all looked fantastic, though Cade could stand to cut down on the turnovers, as he currently leads the NBA.
Aside from Alec Burks, who has been amazing, the Pistons have gotten little from their veterans, as Bojan Bogdanovic and Monte Morris have yet to play and Joe Harris looks like his best days are well behind him and that he might have been $20 million in cap space flushed down the toilet.
Detroit still has an open roster spot, but have so far balked at filling it, likely in the eventuality of a trade that takes back more players than it sends out.
With two veterans still weeks away from playing and Joe Harris struggling so far, the Detroit Pistons could look to add another veteran to play spot minutes to tide them over until they are healthy.
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The long-awaited James Harden trade finally happened, as Philly sent their disgruntled star to the Clippers in exchange for a package of mediocre players and some surprisingly good picks. I was surprised Philly was able to coax two first-rounders out of LA considering the context, as Harden clearly wasn’t going to play in Philly and there really wasn’t anyone else interested.
As part of the deal, Philly had to waive veteran Danny Green, as they needed his roster spot:
Obviously, Green’s best days are well behind him, as the 36-year-old only played in 11 total games last season, though he did already have two appearances for the 76ers in this one.
At his peak, Green was one of the most reliable 3-and-D wings in the NBA, a solid defender who has hit 40 percent of his 3-point shots over a long career that includes three NBA championships.
It’s not as if Green is a game-changing talent, but he does have the kind of experience and leadership a young team could use while they are waiting for their veterans to return.
It’s likely Green will end up on the back of a contender’s bench, but if he wanted the Rodney McGruder role (bench mentor who doesn’t play much), the Detroit Pistons might have some interest, as they are extremely young right now and could use more adults in the room.
It’s unlikely to happen, but the Detroit Pistons are one of the few teams in the NBA with an open roster spot.