The Detroit Pistons could trade Jaden Ivey
I told you the solutions would get more radical.
To me, the biggest failure of Troy Weaver’s rebuild so far is that the Detroit Pistons have close to zero assets after all of this losing. Outside of the players they have identified as “the core,” Detroit has little but aging veterans who couldn’t even get them a first-round pick.
Speaking of first-round picks, Detroit doesn’t have any extra ones, and in fact, still owes one to the Knicks that looks like it may never convey the way things are going. This isn’t all Weaver’s fault, unlike some rebuilding teams, the Pistons didn’t have a star to trade to kick things off and build a largess of assets.
Detroit isn’t going to trade Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren or Ausar Thompson, which leaves Jaden Ivey as their only real trade asset.
I don’t think the Pistons are going to trade Ivey and I don’t think they should, especially now, as he has barely played this season and his value on the trade market is as low as it’s ever been.
But if Monty Williams isn’t going to play him much, and Marcus Sasser continues to play like a solid backup, trading Ivey might be the only move the Pistons have if they want to improve the roster this season.
Could they put together a package to go after OG Anunoby or Pascal Siakam? I’m not so sure, especially with Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks (who returned last night) nursing injuries all season.
What is certain is that there isn’t a trade out there that is going to make the Pistons much better unless Jaden Ivey is a part of it. Unless…