Disaster or home run? Grades for the Detroit Pistons' wild trade deadline

Dec 21, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) dribbles defended by Simone Fontecchio
Dec 21, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) dribbles defended by Simone Fontecchio / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Pistons' trade deadline was a home run

One thing is for certain: Both the front office and the fanbase wildly overvalued Bojan Bogdanovic, a player who is nearly 35 years old, has been injured the last two seasons and can't defend.

In an ideal world, they would have gotten a first-round pick from the Knicks, but it became clear that wasn't going to happen, even with Burks also attached. It turns out winning teams don't want a bunch of players from the worst team in the league, shocker. The Pistons pivoted to looking for two-way wings that better fit their young core.

And they got two of them in Simone Fontecchio and Quentin Grimes, guys who are both good 3-point shooters on far less volume than you'd get from Bogdanovic and Burks, but far better defenders.

Grimes is an absolute dawg and will quickly be a fan favorite in Detroit. I can't wait to watch him and Ausar get after it on defense.

Fontecchio will give the Pistons a chunk of Bogdanovic's offense. Bojan is obviously the superior offensive player, but Fontecchio is a decent defender as well. The Pistons have been scoring plenty of points of late, but their defense has been horrendous and now it is better.

Grimes has a team-friendly year left on his deal at just over $4 million and Fontecchio will be a restricted free agent who the Pistons should be able to re-sign for a reasonable amount, so they picked up two two-way wings and a couple of second-round picks without digging into their cap space.

You can argue that they should have traded Bogdanovic last season, and maybe they should have, but yesterday they could only trade the Bogey they had and he just didn't have that much value to other teams.

And can we remember that the Pistons have won exactly squat with Bogdanovic and Burks? They had to get the stink of this losing roster off of them and they did.

While there were four other players involved, these trades comes down to Grimes and Fontecchio, who are younger, cheaper, better defensively and better fits with the young core.

They aren't the final pieces to the championship puzzle, but they are solid rotation players who have been on winning teams and can fill defined roles. In fact, everyone slips into a more defined role with less of a logjam at guard and more minutes for the Core Four and Sasser.

You can argue about the past and about Weaver's asset management, which has admittedly not been great, but the Pistons are a better team than they were two days ago and I am excited to see what these new players bring.

So those are the two extreme sides of the day, and my final grade will reflect a little from each.