The Detroit Pistons are likely to make a move this season and don’t be surprised if it’s for another bust from the 2020 Draft.
Everyone should have someone in their life who loves them as much as Troy Weaver loves the 2020 Draft, as he selected three players from it and then traded for another when he sent Saddiq Bey packing for James Wiseman.
Weaver was high on Wiseman coming into that draft, saw his chance and grabbed him, though that has not worked out in his favor so far.
Another player he reportedly liked from that draft is Patrick Williams from the Bulls, who was taken 4th overall. If he had fallen to 7th, he might be in Detroit right now, but instead, the Pistons took Killian Hayes, who, like Williams, has shown flashes of being a good player but has ultimately been disappointing.
Williams is off a good season last year when he averaged double digits and shot 41.5 percent from long range, numbers that made me think he might be a target for the Pistons coming into the season. But he’s been awful so far this season, scoring just six points per game on 33/28/78 shooting splits.
A 2020 draft bust with “high ceiling” potential? Someone hide Troy Weaver’s phone.
The Detroit Pistons could trade for Patrick Williams
Much like last season with Wiseman, the Detroit Pistons could make a trade for Patrick Williams. In fact, they could possibly swap the two for each other. Williams has been bad enough this season that it likely wouldn’t take much to get him, so once again the Pistons could take a risk on a “high ceiling” player who might just need a change of scenery. Ahh, the old change of scenery.
The Pistons could likely get Williams for one of their expiring contracts, but should they? Unlike Wiseman, he is actually a fit with Cade Cunningham and the Pistons do need depth at his position. Also unlike Wiseman, Williams has enjoyed some success in the NBA. If the Pistons are interested in Williams, they should make a move for him now, as they’d have the rest of the season to evaluate his fit before he becomes a free agent.
The Pistons could just wait until free agency
Of course, if they wait, they could get Williams for nothing but money, as he’ll be a restricted free agent next offseason and right now doesn’t look like a guy the Bulls will pay big money to retain. The Pistons might be able to get him on a minimum deal or just above, especially if they are willing to offer multiple guaranteed years. The problem with that is that they are then stuck with him, which could be a problem if he doesn’t improve. Of course, if he does, he’s then a bargain, and Detroit has to hit on one of these low-risk/high-reward guys at some point, right? RIGHT?!?
Troy Weaver has been myopic when it comes to guys he once liked in the draft, so I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see Patrick Williams end up in a Pistons’ uniform at some point. It’s definitely not the splashy move fans are hoping for, but would follow Weaver’s modus operandi as GM so far.