Detroit Pistons would jump at this lopsided trade proposal

Nov 2, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. (22)
Nov 2, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Pistons would jump at this 

I love Beef Stew and Grimes also fits the profile of a type of player who will work around Cade Cunningham. There are also concerns about Ingram’s injury history, his contract status and his fit with Cade as a guy who also likes to operate in the mid-range. 

But if you can get a former All-Star in his prime without giving up any of your best trade assets, the Pistons would have to do it, as they’d still have assets to trade (including Ivey/Duren and this year’s pick) to add more players. They’d also retain most of their cap space, so this is a no-brainer for Detroit. Most of the time, the team that gets the best player in a trade wins the trade, and Ingram is easily the best player in this deal. 

His fit with Cade is less of a concern if you look at the trajectory of Ingram’s career. When he played with a point guard (Lonzo Ball), Ingram played more off the ball and shot a higher volume of 3-point shots, hitting 39 percent of them. 

He’s also hungry, due for a bounce-back year after he publicly admitted he didn’t perform well in the playoffs. Ingram would embrace the Detroit mentality, is a good teammate and is only four years older than Stewart, so even on a max deal, the Pistons would get the lion’s share of his prime years. 

Any trade that brings back an impact player without sending out one of the four best young guys is one that the Pistons have to consider, and this is one that they would jump at, which tells me it’s probably too lopsided in Detroit’s favor.