NBA rumors: Pistons again attached to controversial trade target

Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver and owner Tom Gores
Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons general manager Troy Weaver and owner Tom Gores / Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports

Expect to hear the Detroit Pistons in plenty of NBA trade rumors as we get closer to the trade deadline, which is just over two weeks away.

The Pistons are in a tough spot, as they desperately need upgrades, but may not have the assets to attain them. Their two biggest trade assets, Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks may be worth more to Detroit than they are on the open market.

So Troy Weaver may have to get creative (yikes), which could include taking on a bad contract or a player that has serious red flags.

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They were again mentioned in a trade rumor for a player who would certainly qualify as the latter.

Detroit Pistons reported as trade suitor for Miles Bridges

The Pistons have been mentioned as a possibility for Miles Bridges in the past, but so far nothing has materialized.

Those talks may be heating up according to Matt Moore of the Action Network, who named the Pistons as one of the teams pursuing Bridges, who is averaging over 20 points and seven rebounds per game.

On paper, he's the type of player the Detroit Pistons need, but trading for him is fraught with challenges.

Trading for Miles Bridges comes with problems

The first is the massive amount of bad publicity that would come with trading for a player with Bridges' very checkered past. This would be especially painful for a team that has already gotten plenty of negative attention for their epic losing streak this season.

It's not my job to be the judge of Bridges, but the Pistons have preached character during this rebuild and he hardly fits that mold. Regardless of how you feel about Bridges deserving a third chance, you can't deny that he brings a lot of negative attention to a young team and goes against their stated ethos.

Even if you don't care about any of that stuff, Bridges will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so has limited value considering he can test the waters of free agency and probably will.

More than anything, this shows that the Detroit Pistons are low on options, which is why they are exploring the red flag portion of the trade market.

Some fans are happy to let Flint-native Bridges attempt to rebuild himself in Detroit, while others vow to boycott the team, so there is no shortage of controversy when it comes to trading for a man who pled guilty to felony domestic violence.