Pistons could land young star in draft trade with Grizzlies

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The Detroit Pistons cleaning up past draft mistakes 

The worst part about this is that the Pistons could have just drafted Jackson themselves, but instead traded up to take a 23-year-old combo guard whose ceiling is a bench scorer. One of Troy Weaver's parting gifts was another whiff on a draft steal.

They could have had Jackson without trading anything to get him, and he is a perfect fit as an athletic forward who has flashed shooting chops and defensive ability. 

If the Pistons could get the Grizzlies to do this deal, they’d probably sign and run out of the room, as it would be the equivalent of adding another high-end lottery pick just to move back four spots in an uncertain draft. Given what we saw last season, Jackson may go in the top five if he were in this draft.

They might still be able to get a prospect like Cody Williams, Ron Holland or Dalton Knecht with the 9th pick, so the Pistons could address two needs and add to their pipeline of young talent. 

Detroit could then spend the rest of the offseason tweaking the roster with free-agent additions and trades that balanced out their youth with some experience. 

Do the Grizzlies see Jackson as part of the future? Do they think his 48 games last season were real or just the product of a young player getting a lot of usage on a bad team? 

If I’m Detroit, I’d find out just how desperate Memphis is to move up and try to use that desire for Clingan as a weapon against them.