Are the Detroit Pistons for real with Dejounte Murray?
Sometimes I think the Pistons leak these types of rumors just to appease fans, as it's hard to see a world in which they are able to land Dejounte Murray.
If they could do it with a trade package like this, they probably should, as the Pistons need proven talent and Murray is one. He's only 27, having one of the best seasons of his career and would help Cade Cunningham a lot more than Ivey does right now. Murray isn't the greatest fit, as he likes to be on the ball, but you could say the same of Jaden Ivey, at least right now.
This would be a risk, as the Pistons have a bad habit of giving up on guys too early only to watch them thrive on better-run teams. But Ivey's ceiling is pretty much what Murray is right now, a 20+ ppg scorer who can play both guard spots and defend.
Murray is shooting a career-best 46.6 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from long range, and what's more important is that he is a good defender. He's not quite as good as his reputation, but he's miles better than Ivey on that end and would give the Pistons a legit shooting threat next to Cade.
Murray is also on a favorable contract that goes from $25 million to $31 million over the next four seasons after this one, so the Pistons would have him locked up for most of his prime years.
When you are 3-35, absolutely everything should be on the table, but it's hard to see how Detroit could lure Atlanta in a trade for Murray, even if they include one of the alleged "Core Four."