The NBA trade deadline is two weeks away and arguments abound over what the Detroit Pistons are going to do.
In what has become an annual tradition, the Pistons have to decide what to do with their veterans. Do they trade them for future assets? Try to package them in a splashy trade? There is plenty to debate.
You can argue whether the Pistons should keep Bojan Bogdanovic and Alec Burks, but there is less of an argument when it comes to the rest of the Pistons' expiring contracts.
There are at least six players who should not be on the Detroit Pistons by the start of next season whether they are traded or just allowed to walk for nothing.
Players the Detroit Pistons should not bring back
Harris was never anything more than an expiring contract. He's barely played and made no impact, so there is no chance of a reunion. It's doubtful they can even dump him at the trade deadline, so they are probably going to have to ride out one of Troy Weaver's most baffling acquisitions.
The Pistons need bigs who complement Jalen Duren and Isaiah Stewart and James Wiseman does not fall into that category as a center who can't shoot or defend the rim. His spot should go to a veteran in the Andre Drummond tier.
Enough is enough already. Hayes is a good passer and decent defender, but it doesn't offset his lack of offense. He still can't get to the rim, beat a defender off the dribble or make a shot. If they can move him at the deadline (Spurs anyone?) they should.
I like what Gallinari has brought to the Pistons' bench, but his best days are well behind him. On a minimal deal to be a deep bench guy, maybe, but otherwise go let him fill that role on a contender.
Ditto for Muscala, though I'd be more open to bringing him back as a third center. If the Pistons could retain him on a minimum, short-term deal, go for it, but otherwise, he should be headed for greener pastures.
Knox has been ok, but there are plenty of guys like him, evidenced by the fact that he was still available for the Pistons to sign after the season started. That could be the case again next year.
The Pistons need upgrades at all of these spots around their core. They have plenty of cap space whether they trade Bogdanovic or not, so if they could find useful NBA players who complement the core, keeping Bogdanovic becomes more logical.