2 Possible Detroit Pistons trades with the New Orleans Pelicans

Jan 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Pistons guard Alec Burks (5) is defended by New
Jan 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Alec Burks (5) is defended by New / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Possible trade between Detroit Pistons and New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans need shooting around their two stars Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram, neither of whom shoots many from long range. The Pels do shoot a high percentage as a team (38 percent) but are just 21st in the league in 3-pointers made per game.

Burks has been a 38.4 percent 3-point shooter for his career, always on good volume, so he's a nice fit off the bench with Trey Murphy III.

The Pistons need forwards and the Pelicans have one that might interest them.

Naji to Pistons

Naji Marshall is a tough player with defensive versatility who has improved his shooting this season but is not a guy who is going to take a ton of 3-point shots.

He's a solid defender, who is good in transition and can make plays with the ball. Most importantly, he's a forward who can play all over the perimeter on defense and even some spot minutes at the four. Think of him as another Bruce Brown type whose main strengths are defense and versatility on both ends.

Lewis Jr. is likely headed to the G-League or going to get cut by whoever trades for him, as the Pistons would have to clear a roster spot for him otherwise.

None of these players are under contract for next season, so this move wouldn't help the Pistons unless they could convince Naji Marshall to re-sign as an unrestricted free agent.

This deal would also cost the Pelicans financially, as they'd be taking on salary instead of shedding it, potentially putting them into the luxury tax.

But there is another player who might interest Detroit and could get the money closer.