The Detroit Pistons could clean house
If trading Jaden Ivey as part of a package for a better-fitting player isn’t radical enough for you, how about the Pistons just clean house?
That would include trading all six of the players they have on expiring contracts, moving Bojan Bogdanovic and everyone else not named Cade, Jalen or Ausar.
Most of these players are going to be gone next season anyway, so why not just get a jumpstart on the future now? Reap as much as you can from the veterans, trade Ivey, trade Killian, trade pretty much everyone and start over.
There are two reasons this isn’t going to happen: The first is that none of these players have value right now, but come see me at the trade deadline. The second is that this would be a tacit admission that the rebuild has been a failure and would basically be putting the Pistons back to square one.
Even though this strategy would potentially open up a treasure trove of cap space, does it really matter? Do you trust Troy Weaver to actually use it and use it wisely? After the Harris fiasco, I’m not so sure about that either.
Unfortunately, if the Detroit Pistons want to save this season, they are likely going to have to do it with the players who are currently on the roster, so this is going to take some shuffling by Monty Williams and for some of these guys to finally get healthy.
There is no easy way out of this mess, so get a shovel, Pistons, and start digging.
No one wants to hear this during an 8-game losing streak, but the only real option Detroit has right now is to be patient and hope they can get hot if and when they ever have their full roster.