Pistons rumors: 4 Stars who could be available after the play-in tournament

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Right now, the Detroit Pistons are in wait-and-see mode. 

We will have to wait and see who they hire as president of basketball ops, who will ultimately be the person making the decisions on the rest of the front office and coaching staff. 

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We’re also waiting to see which stars become available for trade this summer, as there are always a few whose teams want to go in a different direction or who are not satisfied with their current situation. 

There could be some fallout from the play-in tournament, as we see several teams who are on the verge of rebuilds and may shake things up this summer. Here are four stars who could be available after the play-in tournament. Whether the Pistons should pursue any of these players is a different matter. 

Brandon Ingram 

The Pelicans will have to beat the Sacramento Kings to get into the playoffs and if they don’t, may decide to make some changes this summer. Ingram will enter next season on an expiring deal and could end up on the trade market if the Pelicans want to cut payroll to prepare for some of their younger guys moving up the pay scale. I’ve written about Ingram before and he does have some flaws, but he’s also a solid shot maker who would take a lot of pressure off the Pistons’ young guards. 

Klay Thompson 

After Klay’s performance in the Warriors’ play-in loss, there may not be many teams after him this summer. Thompson is an unrestricted free agent and will most likely sign a more team-friendly deal to stay with the Warriors for the rest of his career. Even if he didn’t, he’s not the player he once was, especially on defense. 

Trae Young 

The Pistons have been mentioned as a longshot possibility for Young, though that makes little sense given their needs. I don’t see him and Cade Cunningham as a fit at all, so I would rule Young out unless there are other major changes to the roster. 

Dejounte Murray 

The Hawks could also decide to keep Young and ship out Murray if they fail to make the playoffs. Murray is a better fit with the Pistons because of his defense, but there are still question marks of how he would be with Cade Cunningham and what the Pistons would have to give up to get him. 

Of these four, Ingram is the best option, and the Pelicans may be on the market for a young center, so there could be a trade match. The other three are unlikely, so Detroit will have to wait for more playoff teams to be eliminated for the pool of potential targets to grow.