The risk/reward of trading for Pascal Siakam
Troy Weaver has been extremely risk-averse the last few seasons, making the decision not to use his cap space on anything other than expiring deals and salary dumps.
At some point, the Pistons are going to have to take a risk. There is not a perfect solution out there for them, a guy who is a perfect fit on the roster, who is the right age and has the right contract status and who is also available. That player does not exist.
The risk is that Siakam is in decline (didn't look like it last night) and the Pistons will have to pay him a max deal to get him to stay and he could leave anyway.
The risk is that they give up Jaden Ivey for nothing.
But there is also risk in not making such a move, as Cunningham and Ivey are still an unproven duo and shooting guards are easier to come by than All-Star power forwards.
The unsatisfying answer is that I have no idea if the Pistons should do a move like this because I don't have a crystal ball. I don't know what Jaden Ivey will become (is he a future All-Star or just a nice complementary player?) and I don't know what plans Pascal Siakam has for his future.
I do know that the Pistons aren't going to be able to make the roster changes they need without taking some amount of risk.
Is this the right one? Does it even matter? We'll find out before this year's trade deadline.