Possible trades for the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks

Mar 27, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) and Detroit
Mar 27, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson (23) and Detroit / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Pistons trade Marvin Bagley III to the New York Knicks

The Pistons currently have center problems of their own with Jalen Duren still out with a persistent ankle injury.

With Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III also having to miss time, the Pistons have been shorthanded down low and have even had to resort to playing James Wiseman.

Nevertheless, if they can find a way to get out of the final year of Bagley III's deal, they should take it, even if it means playing Ausar Thompson at center. At this point, does it really matter?

DiVincenzo Bagley trade

In this trade, the Pistons take back some additional years of Donte DiVincenzo, but he's on a reasonable deal that only balloons up to $12.5 million per year over the next three seasons. He's still young and can shoot. He's hitting just under 45 percent from long range on good volume, so think of him as Alec Burks' replacement.

DiVincenzo might be too valuable for just MBIII, but it's possible the Knicks would do something like this for Bagley instead.

Fournier plus pick trade

Would the Pistons eating Fournier's contract be enough to get their first-round pick back? Probably not, but it would give the Knicks more center depth and save them some money. The only thing working in Detroit's favor is that New York may look at their situation and think that pick may never convey, so they might as well get something for it. It becomes a second-rounder in 2027. But this pick is still likely way too much to give up for Bagley.

Considering MBIII still has another year, a straight-up deal for Fournier might be more realistic and would net the Pistons $12.5 million in cap space next summer, as Fournier has only a team option left on his deal.

Could Detroit go bigger?