NBA trade rumors: Detroit Pistons "need to do something," but not this

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All of the talk around the Detroit Pistons since the season mercifully ended is about all of the change that is coming to the Motor City. 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. 

The Pistons kicked things off by announcing that they will hire a new president of basketball operations, and we had some suggestions for candidates you can read about here. 

It’s really the roster that needs the most adjustment and the new POBO, along with Troy Weaver if he’s still there, will be under pressure to radically transform the worst team in the league into a winner. 

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They will be tempted to make a big splash, but they can’t do something just to do something if it is ultimately not in the best interests of the team. 

A recent Bleacher Report article suggested a Detroit move that would be just that. 

NBA trade rumors: Detroit Pistons and Trae Young 

The Detroit Pistons will be connected to just about everyone in NBA trade rumors, as they ”need to do something" as one anonymous Eastern Conference exec put it. The Pistons have the cap space to land any free agent or absorb any contract in a trade, so it makes sense that they be at least mentioned as a destination for any available player. 

Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report named the Pistons as a wild card destination for star guard Trae Young, who may end up traded if the Hawks flame out of the play-in tournament. 

It’s hard to imagine a star player who would help the Pistons less than Trae Young. For one, the Pistons already have a point guard. Then there’s the issue of Young being undersized and one of the worst defenders in the NBA. He epitomizes all of the problems we mention about Jaden Ivey when discussing his fit with Cunningham. 

He also has three years remaining on the deal at $43, 45 and 48 million, a steep price to pay for a one-dimensional point guard. I’d rather just keep Ivey and save the cap space for better fitting players. 

Young makes far more sense for a team like San Antonio, which needs a point guard and already has a star big man. 

Dejounte Murray would make more sense for the Pistons, as he can play off the ball and is a good defender.  

Trading for Young would be a classic desperation move for Detroit and not one I expect them to make, but be prepared for the Pistons to be mentioned for just about everyone.